By James H. Smylie
A short background of the Presbyterians bargains laity and clergy a succint and thorough creation to the background 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 United States. the entire significant figures within the historical past of Presbyterianism, reminiscent of John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are incorporated, in addition to a number of others.
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Hunt used to be then editor of The Presbyterian Outlook. This ebook includes clean dimensions at the Presbyterian tale. Its objective is to supply a quick, obtainable, celebrative yet no longer uncritical presentation of Presbyterian religion and existence. This remedy units the level by means of reviewing the origins of the Christian relations within the historic global, in addition to the Reformed culture in Europe and nice Britain. It concentrates on a variety of Presbyterian denominations within the country within the context of the advance of a world Christian family members. The examine touches on significant emphases in worship, theology, and governance, in addition to at the Presbyterian drawback for evangelism, schooling, challenge, and the pursuit of the general public solid. furthermore, the publication contains insights from stories approximately ecumenics and laity, ladies, and minority teams that experience performed very important roles in Presbyterian historical past. The individuals and teams said via identify in those pages symbolize just a small variety of an excellent cloud of witnesses who've attempted to reside via religion, wish, and love as Christians who take place to be Presbyterians. This quantity is devoted to Lefferts A. Loetscher, an trendy mentor and pal. I supply deep appreciation to my pricey spouse, Elizabeth Roblee Smylie, for studying the manuscript and likewise making a variety of precious feedback. She additionally post with me as I labored in this undertaking. I provide because of Kathy Davis and Jill Torbett of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, who first ready this manuscript for e-book. I additionally desire to exhibit appreciation to Professor Charles M. Swezey at viii PREFACE Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, who learn the manuscript with care and enhanced it significantly. I additionally thank Davis Perkins, President/Publisher, and creation Editors Lorene ok. johnson and Carl Helmich at Westminster john Knox Press for his or her many necessary feedback and for seeing it in the course of the press. this article is out there to the reader with religion and desire that the Christ of the Emmaus highway may perhaps accompany us, and should open our eyes to the Scriptures, to the heritage of the "one holy catholic and apostolic" church, and to the Presbyterian culture. might all Presbyterians be prompt, corrected, and likewise encouraged on our personal pilgrimages to like each other and the realm for which Christ gave himself. 1 From the Acts of the Apostles to the Age of the Reformation Presbyterians from the start have continually claimed to join the full Christian kinfolk. they've got confessed trust within the "one holy catholic and apostolic church," stretching again during the a while and now extending world wide. they've got famous their historical past as part of this greater neighborhood of believers, not just of the apostolic age, but additionally all the intervening centuries, in particular these of the Protestant Reformation. Presbyterians have acknowledged this in A statement of religion, produced in 1977 via the Presbyterian Church within the usa, that's an expression of Christian religion and existence regular in Presbyterian worship.