By James H. Smylie
A short background of the Presbyterians bargains laity and clergy a succint and thorough advent to the heritage of Presbyterianism. James Smylie chronicles the origins of the Reformed culture and contains 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 main figures within the background of Presbyterianism, comparable to John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are incorporated, in addition to a bunch of others.
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Melville referred to james as "God's silly vassal" and reminded him that "King james is the subject of King jesus .... " Needless to say, james, who became james I of England, was suspicious of such plainspeaking Presbyterians. Hamilton, Knox, Melville, and others left their mark on the Presbyterian Church in Scotland. This church in tum had considerable influence on developments in England, Ireland, and America. Reform in England While Scotland continued its Reformation, Elizabeth carried on her own in England, identifying with the Protestant cause.
A demonstrative janet Geddes is reported to have thrown a stool at a clergyman's head when the latter celebrated what Geddes took to be the Mass. The Scots revolted. Charles's actions led to a "National Covenant" (1638) made by nobles, gentry, clergy, and peasants who pledged to defend the Church of Scotland. Charles finally reached an agreement with the Scots, but he then angered the Congregationalists and others in England by attempting to arrest leaders of Parliament after he had called it into session in 1640.
Wave after wave of these immigrants braved voyages in 1717-1718, 1727-1728, 1740-1741, 44 A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIANS 1754-1755, and 1771-1775, until approximately 250,000 had crossed the Atlantic; nobody knows the exact number. 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.
A Brief History of the Presbyterians by James H. Smylie