The Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives have placed the earliest issues of the Evangelical Visitor online in a digital format.
Visitors can now read articles from the 1887 and 1888 volumes of the church paper. Notable articles (in the humble opinion of this blogger) include the series of historical sketches concerning the Brethren in Christ of central Ohio penned by Dr. William O. Baker, an important late 19th century church leader.
As many readers know, the Evangelical Visitor was the denominational paper from 1887 to 2003. Its inception in the late 19th century was controversial in some parts of the denomination; more conservative church members saw the establishment of the paper as an acquiescence to “worldly” Christianity and its many institutions. More progressive members advocated on behalf of the paper, arguing that it would help keep the geographically disbursed community well-informed of denomination-wide happenings and provide a vehicle for doctrinal and practical teachings.
Read the Visitor here.