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

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  • asnowski Orem, UT
    Oct. 3, 2018 12:31 p.m.

    The heading of this book review was a little unfortunate, as the point of the book is not to claim that Joseph Smith was not the only restorationist. The author is well aware of this fact as she gives a detailed history of restorationists before Smith and Campbell. The book compares the two founders and movements as they existed side-by-side. I found it a very enlightening read. I liked that Benson was meticulous in her research that she was respectful of both Campbell and Smith in her portrayal of their doctrines.

  • 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."
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    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.