By James H. Smylie
A short background of the Presbyterians deals laity and clergy a succint and thorough advent to the heritage of Presbyterianism. James Smylie chronicles the origins of the Reformed culture and consists of the sage via each one next period as much as the eve of the twenty-first century, concentrating on Presbyterianism in North the USA.
All the main figures within the background of Presbyterianism, akin to John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are incorporated, in addition to a number of others.
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Will admit. Second over: that it be recommended to evry minister of the Presbytery to set on foot &. encourage private christian societies. Third over: That evry minister of the Presbytery supplie neighbouring desolate places where a minister is wanting &. opportunity of doing good offers. Meeting in Philadelphia, Presbyterian clergy assumed the freedom to organize and the right to worship, to preach and teach, and to administer the sacraments. Presbyterians made no divine right claims of Presbyterian order or for an establishment of the Presbyterian Church.
In this connection, when William addressed the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, he suggested that "moderation" was now needed. Later, during Queen Anne's reign, the Act of Security safeguarded Presbyterians in the north as the parliaments of the two countries were united in 1707. However, the Patronage Act gave to aristocrats who controlled church property the right to present ministers to parishes, thus undercutting one of the prerogatives of congregations, that of electing their own pastors.
Some entered New jersey and Pennsylvania by way of Philadelphia. They often moved west toward what became Pittsburgh, or south by way of the Valley of Virginia, where they settled, or pressed on to the Carolina back country. As they suffered and sometimes died in their exodus from Ireland, so they experienced hardship in their new homeland in an untamed wilderness. They made life more dangerous for themselves by encroaching on Indian territory. Some of them not religiously affiliated found their way into Baptist, and later, Methodist churches for solace and help.
A Brief History of the Presbyterians by James H. Smylie