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A Brief History Of The Presbyterians offers laity and clergy a succinct and thorough introduction to the history of Presbyerianism. James Smylie reaches into the past and vividly recounts the story of a faithful people known as Presbyterians. He chronicles the origins of the Reformed tradition and carries the saga through each subsequent era up to the eve of the twenty-first century, focusing on Presbyterianism in North America. All the major figures in the history of Prebyterianism such as John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are included, as well as a host of others. Smylie proves a fresh look at the uniquely Presbyterian contribution to American history and culture. Contemporary insights from ecumenists, laity, women, and minorities that reflect recent changes in the Presbyterian family are included. A Brief History Of The Presbyterians is compact, authoritative, and a perfect introduction to the Presbyterian movement. -- Midwest Book Review
James H. Smylie is Ernest Trice Thompson Professor Emeritus of Church History at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia.
This as a great lesson in the history of the Christian religion starting at 400 AD to present.Published 10 months ago by PH Millican
Good book, some what liberal in the outlook of where the Presbyterian church is headed. I know of PCUSA ministers who don't act af if they are ministers, I suppose they want to be... Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Trunzler
This book was concise and to the point. It was easy reading. I would recommend this as a good overview of history without getting into too much detail.Published on April 11, 2013 by pat
This book is written by a professor of Theology and in my opinion is geared more toward an audience of academicians. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by PresbyPete