By James H. Smylie
A short background 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 consists of the sage via every one next period as much as the eve of the twenty-first century, targeting Presbyterianism in North the United States.
All the most important figures within the heritage of Presbyterianism, akin to John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are integrated, in addition to a bunch of others.
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Calvinism spread, with The Reformed Tradition 27 its emphasis on worship, on theology, on representative government in ecclesiastical as well as political structures. The Reformed carried with them an important affirmation of Christian Reformed faith and life: Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda, the church reformed, always being reformed under the Word of God. This affirmation helped them further some of the most formative and dynamic aspects of modem life. 3 The British Isles: Scotland, England, and Ireland "God is English," Bishop john Aylmer declared in 1559.
The defeat removed the Spanish threat and encouraged England in its exploration and colonization of what became English America, giving birth to the British Empire. Although Elizabeth had presided effectively over the blossoming of Shakespearean culture, she was not able to settle the religious conflict. After her death in 1603, Elizabeth was succeeded by James VI of Scotland, who became James I of England. Although a Calvinist in theology, he did not like Presbyterians. " Presbyterians allowed any 'Tom and Will and Dick" to censure a king.
By the 1690s they had organized a church in Norfolk. They also settled in Maryland and Delaware around the Chesapeake Bay. A considerable number of Presbyterians settled in New England between the 1625s and 1640s, although they were sometimes congregationalized in those early years. Those who settled in Connecticut maintained their Presbyterian sympathies. Some Presbyterians immigrated to the Carolinas and established congregations in Charleston as early as the seventeenth century. Most Presbyterians, however, sailed to the middle colonies of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, where they enjoyed toleration, for the most part, by government authorities.
A Brief History of the Presbyterians by James H. Smylie