The Role of Reason in the Transformation of the RLDS Church to ‘Community of Christ’

The RLDS Church went through the process of transitioning itself from sect to denomination over the past half-century or so. Two causes often cited are the increase in graduate education and the effect of missionary work in non-Christian nations. This paper will contend that the life of the mind is the primary reason for the theological divide, and the Wesleyan Quadrilateral is a useful tool in the pursuit of religious truth.

Bill Russell, Steve Florman