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Robertson Lafayette Whiteside
Brother Whiteside was a very busy man throughout life. His preaching took him throughout Texas, into New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. All these years he was doing an immense amount of writing and often debating. He lived in a time when The Church had to struggle for every inch gained, and weak preachers simply could not survive. He found time to moderate for Foy E. Wallace, Jr. in all his debates with the pre-millennialists, except the one in California. He once said: "I was born into a fight." He was born soon after the Civil War ended, and much of that strife continued throughout his early life. Religious differences were strong and strict lines were drawn, often with much bitterness. Most Christians of our time cannot conceive of the prejudice and bitterness with which the word "Campbellite" was once freely used, and sometimes still is. Of this and the growth of the New Testament church in the area where he grew up, he once wrote: "In spite of bitter and unreasoning opposition, the number of believers gradually increased. At the age of eighteen I was baptized in Swan Creek by Brown Godwin. I was born into a fight. About a half a mile up the creek was an old Methodist church; beyond that, perhaps a mile and a half, was a Cumberland Presbyterian church; a mile or two beyond that was another Methodist church. Down the other way, less than a quarter of a mile from Salem was a Primitive Baptist church; on a small tributary of Swan was a sort of hybrid Baptist church. About three or four miles down the creek was another Methodist church. It was the farthest away of any of them, but close enough to do some long distance fighting. I think about the time I came on the stage of action, these churches reached their climax of bitterness against us. An old lady said: The Campbellites are worse than the devil. The Bible says, "resist the devil and he will flee from you." "But you resist a Campbellite, and he will flee right at you." "So we had to fight or give up." Below are a few of his works.
Charles Ready Nichol
Dr. Nichol wrote 21 books during his lifetime, 15 of which are still in print. They were widely circulated through the Nichol Publishing Company, which is not in operation any more. They received orders from throughout the United States and from all over the world for his books. His booklet, "Nichol's Pocket Bible Encyclopedia," has sold well over a million copies and his publication, "Sound Doctrine," has been reprinted by request in Japanese, German, and Spanish languages. "Sound Doctrine," Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 are used as textbooks for graduate class work in all Christian colleges in the United States and can be found in most all colleges and university libraries regardless of denomination. For some time, Dr. Nichol's fine library, which was composed of more than 7,000 books, was sought by several educational institutions. Almost one whole case was filled with rare books more than 100 years old. A small selection of his works are available below.
One of the chief promoters of the great religious movement in modern times was Walter Scott. His ancestry as well as his name was the same as the renowned novelist of the last century. Dr. Richardson says: "It was about this period also that he wrote his Essays on Teaching Christianity, in the first volume of the Christian Baptist, in which he, over the signature of 'Philip,' first presented and developed the true basis and most important point in the Reformation, to-wit: The belief in Christ as the Son of God, the Christian faith and bond of Christian Union. Brother Scott really laid the true and distinctive foundation of the Reformation."
Life of Elder Walter Scott with Sketches of His Fellow-Laborers
by William Baxter
Jefferson Davis Tant
Tant preached all over the nation. Gospel preachers were few and far between. He was in great demand, ordinarily receiving more than 200 invitations per year for gospel meetings. His record was 269 invitations in a single year. Obviously, he could not hold more than 20 or 25 of these, since most of them were of two weeks' duration. One day, sitting quietly in his chair, he said, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God . . . and I long for that rest! " This was the last scripture that he was heard to quote. Below are a few of his works.
David Roberts Dungan
He is not a graduate of any college, and yet he is regarded as one of the really learned men of the West. He has made every man his teacher, and acknowledges himself as particularly indebted to Professor's Fisher, Hand and Benton, aside from his teachers in Lexington. He is thought to have read and studied widely and deeply. He has served as lecturer and teacher at Clear Lake and Lake Minnetonka, the Chautauqua of the Northwest. He was President of the Iowa Christian Missionary Convention for five years, and of the General Convention for one. His unanimous choice by the Board of Trustees of Drake University as teacher of sacred literature indicates the confidence of the brethren of that State in his ability. In the many public debates he has had, he is regarded as a fair and able disputant. He has thus considered Mormonism, Methodism, Baptistism, Soulsleepingism, Adventism, Spiritualism, Atheism, Quakerism, etc., etc. Synopses of two of his debates have been printed, one with Leonard Parker, Methodist, which is now out of print, and the other with W. F. Jamieson, Spiritist and infidel. Below are some of his works.
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