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.