Book review: Joseph Smith wasn't the only 19th-century restorationist, author says

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 10, 2018 9:00 a.m.

    "While the Prophet Joseph Smith worked to restore Jesus Christ’s original church to the earth, he was not the only “restorationist” of the 19th century."
    This is not news to historians. Restorationism goes back to long before Joseph Smith or Alexander Campbell appeared on the scene. It began in Europe but achieved a wide adherence in the New World. It was in fact an element of the 16th century Reformation when Martin Luther excoriated the Church of Rome as a paganized corruption of the early church. Puritanism and Separatism both cited Bible passages in their earnest attempts to reconstruct the early church in post-Reformation times.