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."
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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.