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The Presbyterian Creed : A Confessional Tradition in America, 1729-1870 - S Donald Fortson, III

The Presbyterian Creed

A Confessional Tradition in America, 1729-1870

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The American Presbyterian creed up until the second half of the twentieth century has been the confessional tradition of the Westminster Assembly (1643-48). Presbyterians in America adopted the Westminster Confession and Catechisms in 1729 through a compromise measure that produced ongoing debate for the next hundred years. Differences over the meaning of confessional subscription were a continuing cause of the Presbyterian schisms of 1741 and 1837. The Presbyterian Creed is a study of the factors that led to the ninteenth-century Old School/New School schism and the Presbyterian reunions of 1864 and 1870. In these reunions, American Presbyterians finally reached consensus on the meaning of confessional subscription that had previously been so elusive.

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
The Colonial Confessionp. 1
Subscription in the Old Worldp. 1
American Subscriptionp. 6
Compromise of 1729p. 10
Practicing Confessional Subscriptionp. 13
Synod of 1736p. 17
Schism and Subscriptionp. 21
The Great Awakeningp. 22
Old Side Protestp. 23
Synod of New Yorkp. 25
"That Paragraph About Essentials"p. 28
Reunion in 1758p. 34
The Subscription Formulap. 37
New Divinity and Revivalismp. 42
Jonathan Edwards and New England Theologyp. 42
1801 Plan of Unionp. 47
New Divinity and Subscriptionp. 49
Revivals in the Southp. 54
Finney and New Revivalismp. 57
Missions, Education and Taylorismp. 61
Debate Over Missionsp. 61
Educating Presbyterian Ministersp. 65
Taylorismp. 71
Reaction to New Havenp. 75
Old School Discord Over Subscriptionp. 78
A House Dividedp. 82
First Trial of Albert Barnesp. 82
"Letters to Presbyterians"p. 87
Protests Against the General Assemblyp. 92
Southern Awakeningp. 98
The Great Schismp. 103
Second Barnes Trialp. 103
General Assembly of 1836p. 111
Reaction to the Assemblyp. 119
Catastrophe of 1837p. 123
New School Presbyteriansp. 128
A New Churchp. 129
New School Calvinismp. 135
Colonial Heritagep. 138
Understanding the Schismp. 146
Old School Charles Hodgep. 152
The Constitutional Historyp. 152
Reply to Dr. Coxp. 160
"Adoption of the Confession"p. 162
Practicing Disciplinep. 167
Presbyterians in the Southp. 172
United Synod of the Southp. 173
Reunion Proposal and Old School Responsep. 177
Old School Schism of 1861p. 180
Union with the Independent Presbyterian Churchp. 183
Old School Pursues the New Schoolp. 187
Lynchburg Conferencep. 189
Southern Churches Unitep. 194
Old School Resistancep. 194
Reunion of 1864p. 201
Cumberland Presbyteriansp. 207
Southern Moderationp. 209
Northern Reunion and Sectional Divisionp. 213
Henry B. Smith and New School Subscriptionp. 214
Road to Reunionp. 222
New School Vindicationp. 227
Spirituality of the Churchp. 228
Correspondence North and Southp. 232
Conclusionp. 239
Bibliographyp. 243
General Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9781606084809
ISBN-10: 1606084801
Series: Studies in Christian History and Thought
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 1st February 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43