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Kerr, Robert P. 1850-1923. |
The people's history of
Presbyterianism in all ages



THE PEOPLE'S



History of Presbyterianism



IN ALL AGES



I
EOBEET P. KEEK, D. D.,

AUTHOE OF "PkESBYTEEIANISM FOE THE PEOPLE.



RICHMOND, VA.:

Peesbyterian Committee of Publication.
188 8.



COPYKIGHT
BY

J AS. K. Hazen, D. D.

188 8.



Printed bt
Whittet & Shepperson,
Richmond, Va.



Bound by
Jenkins & Walthall,

KiC'HMOND VA.



TO THE LATE

JOHN POOLE KERR,

t'F/io 7oas born and reared in Scotland, in the town of Sanquhar, Dum-
friesshire — a place celebrated for its association with the two famous
"■Sanquhar Declarations'''' of the Covenajiters, fj'om zvhich noble
race he came. His life, the greater part of which was spent
in the United States, was one of devotion to righteous-
ness and of communion with God. Its influence
still remains in the hearts of all zvho knew
him, as an inspiration to duty and the
love of truth. This Book, a history
of the principles to which he gave
his labors and prayers,
is tenderly
Dedicated to his Memory
By a Devoted Son,

THE AUTHOR.



PREFACE.



BOOKS are written to be read, not to lie on dusty
shelves. But this is a busy age, and most per-
sons will not take time to read extensive treatises.
The people call for short sermons, short prayers, and
short books. Nor is this demand without reason ; for
Hfe itself is short, and there is much to do.

The present volume has been prepared Avith the
design of placing ^vithin the reach of every one a brief
history of Presbyterianism, at small cost to the reader,
both of money and time. On this account it has been
necessary to omit a gi-eat deal of interesting and in-
structive matter. It is better that the many should
know the principles and outline of a history, with its
' most important events and characters, than that the
few should know everything connected with it. The
f feu^, however, have their histories of Presbyterianism,
thorough and voluminous, covering every age and
' country in which our church has had an existence;
5



b PREFACE.

and those who have time for extended research will
find no lack of material.

So far as is known, this is the first comprehensive
history of Presb3rterianism, in all ages and countries,
in one work. It is a general survey, of the operations
and influence of a principle and an institution which
have accomplished more for the welfare of mankind
than all other agencies, except the Gospel, for which
it has been a fitting vehicle. May the people read
it, and the blessing of God rest' upon it !

K. P. K.



C N T E N T S.



CHAPTER I.

The Origin of Presbyterianism, . . .

CHAPTER IL

The Presbyterian Principle in Other Churches,



Page.



19



CHAPTER III.

Presbyterianism in the Early Days of the Christian
Era



24



CHAPTER IV.

The Dark Ages. — Twilight with Two Stars,



29



CHAPTER V.



The Waldenses,



32



CHAPTER VI.

^xiE Northwestern Star. — The Culdees,



46



CHAPTER VII.

The Night of Popery and the Morning Twilight.
Augustine and Huss,



55



8 CONTENTS.



Page.



CHAPTER yilL

The Ascending Day of the Reformation, . .64

CHAPTER IX.

The Reformation in Eastern Switzerland — Zwingli, 69

CHAPTER X.

The Spiritual Republic Established. — John Calvin

V

AND Geneva, . . . . . . . 76

CHAPTER XL

The Mighty Conflict in France, .... 87

CHAPTER XII.

The Extension of Liberty and Truth to Holland, . 95

CHAPTER XIIL

Glimpses East of the Alps and the Rhine, . . 100

CHAPTER XIV.

^ Scotland. — The Returning Day, . . . .104

CHAPTER XV.

^/ John Knox, the Reformer, ..... .


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