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Can anyone tell me information on Presbyterians?

What makes the denomination different than say Catholic or Methodist?


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Asked by Anonymous at 9:58 PM on Aug. 21, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • They are close to Baptists! verrry good!

    Answer by 2mothershelpers at 10:58 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • John Calvin and Martin Luther read up on these two folks,pls.

    Answer by 2mothershelpers at 11:00 PM on Aug. 21, 2009


    Answer by 2mothershelpers at 11:01 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • Thank you 2mothershelpers :-) Yes, Presbyterians are very similar in doctrine to Baptists. I think the biggest difference between Presbyterians and Baptists are the mode of Baptism and maybe a few philosophial differences in doctrine. As for Presbyterianism and Methodism, Presbyterianism is based on the teachings of John Calvin and Methodism is based on the teachings of John Wesley. Again, the differences between the two are minute and mainly in the philosophical realm (i.e. Methodists believe in Total Sanctification, Presbyterians do not) but the basic biblical doctrine is the same.

    Presbyterianism is Protestant of Catholicism as John Calvin is probably most famous for being a Protestant Reformer. He sought further reformation from Roman Catholicism past Martin Luther's 95 Theses. (cont).

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:08 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • Prostestantism can be summed up into five statements:
    -Faith Alone (only faith saves us)
    -Grace Glone (only the grace of God saves us, through faith) (see Ephesians 2:8&9 for both of those),
    -Scripture Alone: if it isn't in the Bible, we do not believe it or follow it. Protestantism rejects Catholic tradition. All of our creeds, statements of faith and catechisms are heavily filled with scriptural references, if not direct quotes from the Bible.
    -For God's Glory Alone: We live to please him only and only God (the Trinity) is the object of our prayers, worship and faith.
    -By Christ's Work Alone: only Christ's death and resurrection and the gift of grace can offer us salvation.

    (I'm not trying to offend Catholics, I'm just stating the very basic beliefs of Protestant theology). The "Five Solas" in detail here:

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:15 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • There are many branches of Presbyterianism. The largest branch is the PCUSA. Other branches include: PCA, RPC, OPC, EPC, Church of Scotland (and more I'm sure that I'm neglecting to mention). The first divisions of the Presbyterian Church occured during the Civil War over positions between the North and South. They've since reunited (PCUSA) and Presbyterianism has been a Christian leader in eliminating racial divides and establishing institutions for education, health care and social justice. Other Presbyterian branches have formed based on small differences (some branches are extremely conservative, some are more on the liberal side). All branches are united under the Westminster Confession of Faith and ties to Calvinistic doctrine. (cont)

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:21 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • West Minster Confession of Faith, John Calvin (some branches are more loosely based on Calvinism than others. Calvin's philosophical doctines are not necessarily something we preach from the pulpit as we read, preach and study straight from scriptures. Most of this portion of doctrine is discussed in serious study groups). Nicene Creed, Apostles Creed

    All Presbyterian ministers are required to graduate from seminary as ordained ministers.  We do both paedobaptism and credobaptism.  Other than that, the differences are very small from other denominations IMHO.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 12:48 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

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