Congregationalism


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system of beliefs and church government of a Protestant denomination in which each member church is self-governing

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In Gilead, Robinson taps into the deep resources of the Protestant tradition: the German Lutheranism of Bonhoeffer, the Swiss reformed faith of Barth, and the Congregationalism of Edwards, from which Ames descends.
Clericalism at the top but congregationalism at the bottom proved the de facto compromise of the postconciliar African Church.
He had been born and raised in an observant Jewish family, converted to Congregationalism (with a nonmillennialist theology, which does not affirm a literal thousand-year earthly reign of Jesus), (50) preached and served as a missionary for seventeen years, and then dramatically converted back to Judaism.
The local Church grounds the Orthodox notion of eucharistic ecclesiology, and this could result in congregationalism.
Noting the influence of Calvin and his Institutes on particulars of Congregationalism and Methodism (25-28), Carretta labels Wheatley a "pious Christian" (144).
British influence remained strong for several decades, during which the Merina court was converted to Presbyterianism, Congregationalism, and Anglicanism.
A matter of both conviction and persuasion, a discourse as much sacred as secular, to assert oneself properly in terms of private and public identity was to embody the goals of nonseparating congregationalism.
Presbyterians thought pure congregationalism would surrender the program of creating a godly society by basing it on little more than a "covenantal pledge to godly conduct" (43) within independent congregations free of synodal oversight.
And though it may be difficult to prove that all of the emigrants to Massachusetts Bay were inclined to congregationalism before their departure, it is clear they found the congregational way appealing once they arrived.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries both Presbyterianism and Congregationalism were powerhouses in American religion and remained so until the twentieth century when most Congregational Churches repudiated their heritage and joined a new group, the United Church of Christ.
Her paternal grandparents, Zebulon and Mary Morrill, espoused the theological, intellectual, and social reform tenets of Congregationalism.
Though the dissents of Hooker and Williams were certainly important events in the erosion of the American covenant, the seeds of its collapse were already planted in the theological soil of Congregationalism.
Gilead is a beautiful work--demanding, grave and lucid--and is, if anything, more out of time than Robinson's book of essays, suffused as it is with a Protestant bareness that sometimes recalls George Herbert (who is alluded to several times, along with John Donne) and sometimes the American religious spirit that produced Congregationalism and 19th-century Transcendentalism and those bareback religious riders Emerson, Thoreau and Melville.
As Rothbard contended in his four-volume history of the American Revolution, Conceived in Liberty, the clergy of such Protestant denominations as Presbyterianism and Congregationalism played a critical role in making liberty the core value of American political culture before and during the Revolutionary War (Rothbard, 1975, pp.
Rather, it is part of a primarily white mainline Protestant denomination, the United Church of Christ, with roots largely in New England Congregationalism.
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