Thomas H. Olbricht
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion
Views on the Holy Spirit in conversion and sanctification among the early Restoration leaders must be understood from the backdrop of Continental Reformed and American Awakening theology. Walter Scott and Alexander Campbell both believed, along with the Reformed theologians, that the Holy Spirit worked in conjunction with the Scriptures in sanctification. Scott believed that the Spirit only worked through the Scriptures in conversion. A few early Restorationists argued that the Spirit does not work separate and apart from the word, the major position in Churches of Christ in the 1940s.