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Presbyterianism definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PRESBYTE'RIANISM, n. The doctrines, principles and discipline or government of presbyterians.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the doctrines and practices of the Presbyterian Church: based in Calvinism

Merriam Webster's

noun see Presbyterian II

Britannica Concise

Form of church government based on rule by elders, or presbyters. The presbyters who govern the church are grouped in a hierarchy of courts, the highest of which is the general assembly. They are elected by the members of the congregation for fixed terms, in a system intended to affirm the equality of all Christians. The term Presbyterianism also refers to a denomination, the Presbyterian Church. The modern Presbyterian churches trace their origins to the Calvinist churches of the British Isles; in continental Europe such congregations were known as Reformed churches. The Presbyterian Church is strongest in Scotland, where it was founded by J. Knox in 1557, but it is also well established in England, Wales, and the U.S. See also Calvinism.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Presbyterianism Pres`by*te"ri*an*ism, n. [Cf. F. presbyt['e]rianisme.] That form of church government which invests presbyters with all spiritual power, and admits no prelates over them; also, the faith and polity of the Presbyterian churches, taken collectively.



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