A Brief History of the Presbyterians

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Geneva Press, 1996 - Religion - 160 pages
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A Brief History of the Presbyterians offers laity and clergy a succinct and thorough introduction to the history of Presbyterianism. James Smylie reaches into the past and vividly recounts the story of a faithful people known as Presbyterians. He chronicles the origins of the Reformed tradition and carries the saga through each subsequent era up to the eve of the twenty-first century, focusing on Presbyterianism in North America. All the major figures in the history of Presbyterianism such as John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are included, as well as a host of others. Smylie provides a fresh look at the uniquely Presbyterian contribution to American history and culture. Contemporary insights from ecumenists, laity, women, and minorities that reflect recent changes in the Presbyterian family are included.
  

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Contents

The First American Presbytery and an Errand into
39
Spiritual Awakening Leadership and Reunion
47
Revivals Voluntarism and Freedoms Ferment
68
Continental Challenges and the Irrepressible Conflict
81
The Gilded Age and an Errand into the World
94
From World War I to World War II
109
From the Flourishing 1950s
122
Reunion Renewal and Global Responsibilities
138
Bibliography
153
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James H. Smylieis Ernest Trice Thompson Professor Emeritus of Church History at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia.

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