By James H. Smylie
A short background of the Presbyterians deals 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 US.
All the main figures within the historical past of Presbyterianism, resembling John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are incorporated, in addition to a number of others.
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Nonconformists such as Presbyterians and Congregationalists, known also as Puritans, and more radical religious groups, lost political and economic privileges to adherents of the established church. The history of Protestantism involved a conflict in Scotland, England, and Ireland over worship, theology, and especially the form of the government of Christ's church. After the Tudors, the battles continued under Stuart monarchs until William and Mary came from the Netherlands to the throne in 1688.
These conflicts reverberated in the American colonies. Reform in Scotland In the beginning, Presbyterian faith and life flourished in Scotland rather than in England as the Scots resisted English influence over their lives. In the British Isles, the Scots were the first to feel Luther's impact. Patrick Hamilton, after studying in France, brought Luther's teachings back to Scotland. For this he was burned at the stake. His martyrdom in 30 A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIANS 1528 lit fires for reform, despite attempts of the Catholics to strengthen ties with Rome and to form an alliance with France.
We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But Thou, 0 Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, 0 God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent, according to Thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, 0 most merciful Father, for His sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Thy holy name.
A Brief History of the Presbyterians by James H. Smylie