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Polly Ha

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759878

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759878.001.0001

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The Visible Church

The Visible Church

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(p.47) Chapter 3 The Visible Church
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English Presbyterianism 1590–1640
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759878.003.0004

This chapter presents a discussion on the visible Church. It is shown that the visible Church appears in the Old and New Testament according to Walter Travers' tree. Henry Jacob's congregation in Southwark remains one of the most significant sources for early English congregationalism. The authority of church councils became a particular theme between Jacob and his presbyterian opponents. The presbyterians' examination of the defendant deepened Jacob's convictions that the particular congregation was the only form prescribed in the New Testament for the visible church. The discussions on the visible church of the 1610s and 1620s regulated the theological discourse of New England congregationalism. Contrary to the traditional paradigm, the distinguishing marks between Presbyterianism and congregationalism cannot fully be determined simply by an affirmation of authoritative synods or a lack thereof.

Keywords:   visible Church, Old Testament, New Testament, Henry Jacob, Southwark, English congregationalism, presbyterians, Presbyterianism, Walter Travers

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