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Christians

Christians, name taken by the followers of several evangelical preachers on the American frontier, notably James O'Kelley, Abner Jones, and Barton W. Stone , all of whom were antisectarian. Some congregations joined the Disciples of Christ (see Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) , a body with similar emphasis founded by Thomas Campbell and Alexander Campbell , and the name Christians continued to be applied often to members of the Disciples' church. Other congregations of Christians united as a separate body that ultimately took the name of the Christian Church; this was merged in 1931 with the Congregational churches and the merged group became known as the Congregational Christian churches (see Congregationalism ). See also Christianity .

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