Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Pittsburgh Reformed Presbyterians

Here's one page of an excerpt from a book, which gives a little perspective on the Rev. John Black, Michael Harshaw's mentor, and the Reformed Presbyterians.

A Century and a Half of Pittsburg and Her People By John Newton Boucher: "number of churches of the Reformed Presbyterian faith became offended at the action taken by the ecclesiastical authorities of the church with reference to George H Stewart and his pastor Dr Wiley of Philadelphia They had begun to use and were using other poetical compositions than the Psalms of David in their divine worship and for this were severely censured by the general authorities of the church Those who were offended accordingly withdrew and united themselves with the Presbyterian Church This church like all churches which originated in Scotland has paid great attention to educational work and particularly to the education of its ministry With the division of 1833 the the old side party was left without a theological school in 1836 they tried to organize one at New Alexandria Pennsylvania This project was abandoned and two Seminaries one at C"

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