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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Geneva Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664500013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664500016
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A.D. Lorenz on January 15, 2001
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This little book is jam-packed with as near a complete history of Presbyterian Heritage as is accessible to the average laity. I was very impressed with the clarity and description, and the charts and photos greatly enhanced my understanding. As a religion student I would highly recommend this to all my Presbyterian brothers and sisters. This is a truly good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wedofish on August 31, 2008
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As a lifelong Presbyterian, I have been seriously lacking in knowing its historical background. I found this to be a good quick way for me to begin a journey in understanding the roots of my denomination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James E. Davis on July 5, 2011
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The Brief History of the Presbyterians is a good place to start on this subject. It places the growth of the denomination in its proper perspective in time and with the world events taking place. The author has done a good job in "sandwiching" the Presbyterians with events surrounding their origin and growth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Osimo on February 6, 2009
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As a former student of Dr. Smylie, I can attest to his passion for history, in particular the history of the Presbyterian Church in all its forms. With words and pictures, A Brief History helps us understand the foundations of our denomination. It is an invaluable tool for teaching and explaining our journey in the waters in the Reformed Tradition.
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By James Trunzler on June 2, 2014
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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 "one of the guys!"
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Smylie is one of the most respected teachers in his field. He has taken a work in progress by other authors over 100 year period and added thoughtful and accurate material. Must read for Presbyterian Clergy. Wouldn't hurt for Officers in training to read also.
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