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  1. Presbyterianism is a Reformed (Calvinist) Protestant tradition named for its form of church government by representative assemblies of elders.

  2. Aug 4, 2023 · Presbyterianism is one of the earliest Christian denominations to come from the Protestant Reformation and has long prided itself on tradition and deep faith. The church’s unique hierarchy helped America in its early development as a democracy, and its belief in voting and elections is a hallmark of the church.

  3. Presbyterianism, Form of church government based on rule by elders, or presbyters. The presbyters who govern the church are grouped in a hierarchy of courts, the highest of which is the general assembly.

  4. Jun 25, 2019 · The official creeds, confessions, and beliefs of the Presbyterian Church, including the Nicene Creed, the Apostles' Creed, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Westminster Confession of faith, are all contained within a document called The Book of Confessions.

  5. May 5, 2024 · Presbyterian, form of church government developed by Swiss and Rhineland Reformers during the 16th-century Protestant Reformation and used with variations by Reformed and Presbyterian churches throughout the world.

  6. Feb 17, 2023 · Presbyterianism is founded on the idea of a plurality of elders and the connectivity of local churches for governance, accountability, and ministerial collaboration. Presbyterianism derives its name and idea from the Greek word presbyteros.

  7. Presbyterianism in a wide sense is the system of church government by representative assemblies called presbyteries, in opposition to government by bishops (episcopal system), or by congregations (congregationalism). Learn more about the origins and history of Presbyterianism.

  8. In its strict sense, Presbyterianism is the name given to one of the groups of ecclesiastical bodies that represent the features of Protestantism emphasized by French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.

  9. Jul 2, 2021 · The history of the Presbyterian Church traces back to John Calvin, a 16th-century French reformer, and John Knox (1514–1572), leader of the protestant reformation in Scotland. Knox's unrelenting efforts transformed Scotland into the most Calvinistic country in the world and the cradle of modern-day Presbyterianism.

  10. May 5, 2024 · Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), U.S. Protestant denomination formed on June 10, 1983, in the merger of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (headquartered in New York City) and the Presbyterian Church in the United States (headquartered in Atlanta).

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