Presbyterianism

Definitions

  • APPLETON-STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
    APPLETON-STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Presbyterianism the doctrines and practices of the Presbyterian Church: based in Calvinism
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1840 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1840

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1963, Mister Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister
    • n Presbyterianism That form of church government which invests presbyters with all spiritual power, and admits no prelates over them; also, the faith and polity of the Presbyterian churches, taken collectively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n presbyterianism The system of church government by elders or by presbyteries. The essential features of church government in Presbyterianism are—the equality of the clergy, the identification of the apostolic presbyter with the bishop, the division of elders into teaching elders (or ministers) and ruling or lay elders, the government of each local church by its session, composed of pastor and ruling elders, and the subordination of sessions to a presbytery, of presbyteries to a synod, and of synods to a general assembly. In the Dutch Reformed Church, which adopts Presbyterianism, the bodies corresponding to session, presbytery, synod, and general assembly are consistory, classis, synod, and general synod. This system of church government is opposed to episcopacy on one side and to congregationalism and independency on the other. It was developed in the sixteenth century by Calvin and other reformers, and was adopted in Geneva and by the reformers in France, Scotland, etc. It supplanted episcopacy for a short time in England, in the period of the Civil War and Commonwealth. Presbyterianism is the predominating form of church government in Scotland, and prevails extensively in the Netherlands, in the United States, and in Ireland and other parts of the British empire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Presbyterianism the form of church government by presbyters
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. presbytérianisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. presbyteros, comp. of presbys, old.

Usage

In literature:

We are indebted for this Baluba rhyme to Dr. and Mrs. William H. Sheppard, pioneer missionaries under the Southern Presbyterian Church.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
Richard Longworth, a man of Presbyterian sympathies, was at this time Master.
"St. John's College, Cambridge" by Robert Forsyth Scott
It was founded by Presbyterians and Congregationalists in 1826, and has 82 students in all its departments.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Did you forget that I sat in this office while you talked of old Presbyterian friends and sold me into the street?
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Through this break you can see the Presbyterian church.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
John Orme, a Presbyterian minister who served as pastor at Upper Marlboro from 1720 until he died in 1758.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
I now b'longs to Bethany Presbyterian Church at White Oak.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The clock in the old Presbyterian Church on Orange street dismally tolled out the hour of three.
"Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly" by David Bryant Fulton
Young and old, Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists went to it, and Tremendous K. led them.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
The elders of Algonquin Presbyterian church were at their best when showing the people to their seats on a Sabbath morning.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
I had a most pleasant visit in the home of Dr. Ewing, a United Presbyterian missionary.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
He's a Presbyterian and a Democrat, and talks to you as though you were deaf, but he's harmless.
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
It has been supposed that he was a Presbyterian.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
Ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church and proceeded to the Red River Settlement, 1851.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
This fact was vouched for in 1911 by the Presbyterian Department of the Church and Country Life.
"The Challenge of the Country" by George Walter Fiske
He also took part in forming the alliance of Reformed Churches holding the Presbyterian system.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
His valuable library was bought and presented to the United Presbyterian College.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
He was born at Lurgan, County Armagh, and was a Presbyterian.
"The Irish on the Somme" by Michael MacDonagh
The Presbyterians came next, and they got their own people, and two of the Baptists, making twenty-seven in all, on a trial in their behalf.
"The Chainbearer" by J. Fenimore Cooper
A Presbyterian camp meeting is at least a novelty at the north.
"The South-West" by Jonathon Holt Ingraham
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In poetry:

Half down, half up, which of the two
In kindnesses surpass;
You hack the Presbyterians through,
He offers them a glass.
"To The Corpulent Counsellor W--" by William Hutton
At Glasgow's sacred school, we find
The youth, who'd left the tart behind.
The Presbyterian fund, he'd try,
And fill a pulpit by and by.
The food he made was chang'd--the whole
Then for the body--now the soul.
"Preferment" by William Hutton

In news:

Ed Koch is being treated for anemia at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Burial will follow at Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Doylestown Presbyterian Church, at 127 East Court Street in Doylestown, Pa.
Jo Buyske in Penn Presbyterian's operating room.
Jo Buyske recalls her salary negotiations to become chief of surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in 1998.
Gil and Inge Thurston were married on August 23, 1947, 65 years ago at St James Presbyterian Church in Bellingham WA.
Iva was a mem­ber at Con­dit Pres­by­ter­ian Church.
Suzanna Apsara Ker of Chattanooga and Clinton Andrew Epperson of Cleveland were married in an afternoon ceremony on Aug 25, 2012, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga.
David Esche of First Presbyterian Church.
After four and a half years pastoring the Garberville Community (Presbyterian) Church -- and recently publishing "Good (enough) People" and "Radical Wholeness.
Linda Lader , Second Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale.
Pastor Linda Lader , Second Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's new electronic personal health record, myNYP.org, enables patients to access their medical information wherever and whenever they need it.
After three decades as the face and faith of Delmar Presbyterian Church, Pastor Larry Deyss will be stepping down from the pulpit.
Rena Boyenga, 95, of Ackley, passed away Monday, May 19, 2008, at the Presbyterian Village in Ackley.
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In science:

Kudaka Center of Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics, Engineering School, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil.
Terahertz photometer to observe solar flares in continuum
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