Thomas Campbell

1763; b. Co. Down, bapt. Roman Catholic; became Presbyterian minister, nr. Armagh; emig. to America in 1807; minister at Chartiers Presbytery which embraced Washington, Pennsylvania, where most of his associates from Ireland and Scotland had settled; lost his congregation after accusations of departing from the Anti-Burgher doctrine which he has first supported; and founded the Campbellites, later the Disciples of Christ or ‘Christian Church’; addressed himself to Christians on the basis that ‘where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent’; established the Christian Association, and prepared a “Declaration” and a longer “Address” which the Association permitted to be printed in a vote of 7 Sept. 1809.

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