Definition of Presbyterianism in English:


Line breaks: Pres¦by|ter¦ian|ism
Pronunciation: /ˌprɛzbɪˈtɪərɪəˌnɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
A form of Protestant Church government in which the Church is administered locally by the minister with a group of elected elders of equal rank, and regionally and nationally by representative courts of ministers and elders.
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  • And in particular, by engaging lay people as well as ordained ministers in the government of the Church, Presbyterianism prepared the people for participatory democracy.
  • Having officially disposed of Presbyterianism in the Scottish church, Middleton began to look for ways of destroying his political enemies.
  • It's like Presbyterianism and Industrial Socialism doesn't exist anymore.

Presbyterianism was first introduced in Geneva in 1541 under John Calvin, in the belief that it best represented the pattern of the early church. There are now many Presbyterian Churches (often called Reformed Churches) worldwide, notably in the Netherlands and Scotland and in countries with which they have historic links (including the United States and Northern Ireland). They typically subscribe (more or less strictly) to the Westminster Confession

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