The rediscovery of the continuity and development of English Presbyterianism has implications for understanding the dynamics of English nonconformity. The presbyterian and congregational exponents have responded to each other as well as to others with different visions of the visible church. The case study of the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam is one example which demonstrates that English history can reach beyond traditional boundaries and that distances overseas may not have been as far as they often seem. English Presbyterianism offers a crucial interpretive key to ecclesiological developments. In the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam, the meanest members came along among the most active agents in reformed discipline, and they understood it. Both poorer men and women witnessed for new members, reported the sins of their neighbors, testified in disciplinary cases, approached the consistory for arbitration, and redefined public and private boundaries.
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