By James H. Smylie
A short historical past 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 includes 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 most important figures within the background of Presbyterianism, akin to John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are integrated, in addition to a bunch of others.
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Calvin and later Reformed leaders did not teach that the accumulation of wealth was a sign of God's election. To the contrary, Calvin warned against fraud, and also warned that a rich person might not get through the "needle's eye" (Matt. 19:24). Riches may blind the wealthy so that they cannot see conditions of others whose lives may depend on them. Calvin maintained that the magistrate had a responsibility to find employment for Genevans and to care for the indigent. The Reformed tradition with its various emphases spread throughout the Continent.
Indeed, these ancient battles are still remembered by some as though they occurred only yesterday. Ireland and Scotland were annexed politically to the British Isles. With the ascendancy of William and Mary to the throne of England religious conflict did abate. 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.
The Reformed influence also spread to the British Isles-to England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland-and then to America. Calvin, it should be noted, supported a colonization project of the Huguenots to Brazil in 1557 and also a settlement in Florida (1562). The latter was destroyed when the Spanish put the Huguenots to death. 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.
A Brief History of the Presbyterians by James H. Smylie