A Brief History of the Presbyterians

By James H. Smylie

A short heritage of the Presbyterians deals laity and clergy a succint and thorough creation to the historical past of Presbyterianism. James Smylie chronicles the origins of the Reformed culture and incorporates the sage via each one next period as much as the eve of the twenty-first century, targeting Presbyterianism in North the US. the entire significant figures within the heritage of Presbyterianism, similar to John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are incorporated, in addition to a number of others.

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In arguing for the act he reminded his hearers of the power of prejudice, in particular spiritual prejudice going again eighteen hundred years. After a protracted fight, a invoice granting complete spiritual freedom to jews eventually handed the legislature in 1826, principally as a result of Kennedy's endurance. In reference to this attempt, he wrote a poem approximately his motivation. It reads partially as follows: I blush for Christians that they need to omit, The Golden Rule-their nice Law-giver set, That they the dear principle should still condemn, Which their ador'd Redeemer taught to them. Do unto others-as you'll want they would do within the related state of affairs unto you. hence, in an age of "freedom's ferment," a layman summoned Christians to faithfulness in all components of existence. eight Continental demanding situations and the Irrepressible clash In 1852, old-fashioned Presbyterians, assembly more often than not meeting at Charleston, South Carolina, shaped the Presbyterian ancient Society. The denomination had expressed a old cognizance as early as 1791 while the acknowledged clerk started to acquire ecclesiastical records. In Charleston, the Reverend Cortland van Rensselaer, secretary of the Board of schooling, declared the society to be "a college of studying, a knowledge-receiving and knowledge-imparting establishment. " Samuel Agnew, a businessman, served as first librarian and treasurer in Philadelphia, the place the association used to be positioned. The society assisted Richard Webster in publishing The historical past of the Presbyterian Church (1857). it's the oldest non-stop denominational ancient physique within the state. Such historic recognition was once expressed in the course of a pivotal interval of yank historical past. The country improved geographically, embracing the Republic of Texas in 1845, and in addition including territory taken within the Mexican-American conflict in 1848. This new territory integrated New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and components of Wyoming and Colorado. In 1846, the state additionally claimed from nice Britain and at last occupied half the Oregon Territory. The Gold Rush to California, the frenzy for different profitable metals of the Rocky Mountain region, and the farm rush encouraged by way of the domicile Act of 1862 speeded up western enlargement. the United States skilled the immigration of roughly 5,500,000 humans, many from Catholic eire and Germany, and Asia, specially China. those new immigrants helped construct the transcontinental railroad that helped to make the rustic one. Philip Schaff (1819-1893), a contemporary immigrant and a member of the German Reformed Church, wrote a seminal publication, the US, released in 1855. A professor at Mercersburg Theological Seminary, he saw 82 a quick historical past OF THE PRESBYTERIANS that the Reformed and Presbyterian church buildings ruled American lifestyles, even though they have been wasting out numerically to the Baptists, Methodists, and Roman Catholics. He additionally reemphasized that the distinguishing ideas of all Protestants have been the doctrines of justification via religion and the supremacy of the Scriptures because the rule of religion and lifestyles.

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