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Congregationalism Syllabification: Con·gre·ga·tion·al·ism
Pronunciation: /ˌkäNGɡrəˈɡāSHənlˌizəm/

Definition of Congregationalism in English:

noun

A system of organization among Christian churches whereby individual local churches are largely self-governing.
Example sentences
  • Separation of the Unitarians from the orthodox Calvinists was complicated by the status of Congregationalism as the established church of Massachusetts until 1833.
  • We know that from the earliest decades of their enslaved sojourn in North America, some Africans converted to Christianity, e.g., Congregationalism, Anglicanism, and Quakerism.
  • This dominant social class was, however, marked by religious crisis, with that great Boston oddity, Unitarianism, constituting a rebellion against traditional Calvinist Congregationalism.

Derivatives

Congregationalist

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Pronunciation: /ˌkäNGɡrəˈɡāSH(ə)n(ə)ləst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • This was also true for the Protestant denominations, including the Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Unitarians, Baptists, and Quakers.
  • Their disputes with the Church of England led to the formation of the Presbyterian and Congregationalist churches in the 1600's.
  • The patterns of religious hegemony that formed Presbyterians and Methodists, Lutherans and Baptists, Catholics and Congregationalists have all dissipated since World War II.

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