Author: Mickey Crews
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Univ of Tennessee Pr (January 30, 1990)
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Church of God, founded in 1886 in the mountains of East Tennessee, has evolved into a major Pentecostal Christian denomination with a worldwide membership. Crews history and social science, Troy State U., Georgia traces the religious, social, and political changes that have brought the Church of God into the American Protestant mainstream.
This book to me was more of a timeline of events variegated in with the writers own opinions concerning the many events that shaped the Church of God today. Crews does a decent job in the historical framework of events and dates. I did feel as though the author didn’t do a good job in reconnoitering the two sides to the 1923 division that caused the formation of two churches of God operating in Cleveland, TN. We are just given the particulars surrounding those that opposed A.J. Tomlinson instead of looking at both sides to the historical facts and events; this is where I believe Crews missed the mark. It also would have been good to follow up on those that left with A.J. Tomlinson and formed what is now the Church of God of Prophecy. Overall in its historical context I did find it as a useful resource guide to the early years of the Church of God, furthermore I felt it was a little preconceived on the part of the author. I would recommend this as a good resource to the early history of the Church of God and understanding their roots.
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