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By James H. Smylie

A short background of the Presbyterians deals laity and clergy a succint and thorough advent to the historical past of Presbyterianism. James Smylie chronicles the origins of the Reformed culture and consists of 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 foremost figures within the background of Presbyterianism, similar to John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are incorporated, in addition to a bunch of others.

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The Makemies had two daughters, neither of whom had any children. In addition to being a minister, Makemie became a merchant, as well as a farmer and a slaveholder. He also traveled south to the Carolinas and as far north as Boston where he preached on behalf of Reformed faith and life. His congregation in Rehoboth, Maryland, is still an active congregation. In another pamphlet, A Plain and Friendly Persuasive to the Inhabitants of Virginia and Maryland, for Promoting Towns and Cohabitation (1705), he encouraged the building of communities with churches and schools in order to promote morality and literacy.

Calvin emphasized Christ's priestly work (Heb. 9:14, 25-26), combined with the legal language of the Scriptures (Gal. 3:13). As did Luther, theReformed stressed God's grace in the restoration of our relationship with the divine. In this connection, Calvin explored the problem of predestination, an issue he felt he had to face because of the ancient problem of freedom and determinism. He found this concern for election expressed in the Scriptures. Calvin's legal mind pressed him to reflect on this matter in relation to God's omnipotence and omniscience.

Aylmer might have named other English reformers such as William Tyndale, whose translations of the New Testament into English, according to the bishop, were one means of Christ's rebirth in the British Isles. The Reformation in the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries involved a spiritual awakening that turned out to be largely Reformed in its sympathies. It also involved political struggles to unify England, Scotland, and Ireland under one crown, under William and Mary as a constitutional monarchy.

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