| 1632 series |
POD: May, 1631
|Appearance(s):||Grantville Gazette II|
|Nationality:||United States of Europe (formerly United States)|
Bartholomew "Bart" Campbell was a pastor in Grantville.
After the Ring of Fire, Campbell met and befriended German Pastor Steffan Schultheiss (Schultheiss had referred to him as "Call me Bart"). Despite the language barrier, Campbell developed a solid bond with Schultheiss. Over the months, the language barrier eroded.
Campbell had a poem written by Abou Ben Adhen in the church. Campbell described Abou Ben Adhen as a non-Christian who was still loved by God. Schultheiss was theologically conflicted by this idea and talked about this to Campbell. Campbell responded that "Christ came into the world to let people into heaven, not as a way of locking them out. I know Christ died for our sins, but let me ask you something. Is the apostle Thomas in hell because he didn't believe in the resurrection before he saw it with his own eyes? If he's not, do you really think the Good Lord will condemn to eternal damnation a good man because he was born, lived his life, and died never having heard the name Jesus Christ? Thomas heard. He was there at the Sermon on the Mount, and at the crucifixion, saw Jesus when he returned, and still didn't believe till he had actually put his hands into the wounds." Schultheiss didn't agree with Campbell's response, recalling the gospel according to Mark, which Schultheiss believed, made it clear that those who do not believe are damned.