David Hall
In the beginning of his treatment of the background of the Adopting Act, Charles Briggs noted that in 1693 the General Assembly of Scotland allowed for a rather clear-cut subscription statement. That 1693 vow was: "I do sincerely own and declare the above Confession of Faith, approved by...Continue reading.
David Hall
A moderately successful experiment in "presbyterianizing" was carried out in Northampton in 1571, with "prophesyings" (exposition of Scripture apart from liturgy) following from the precedent of 1 Corinthians 14. In Northampton, seven regulations were adopted, the first of which...Continue reading.
David Hall
Interpretation is a difficult art, nearly as much so with a hermeneutic of history as with a hermeneutic of Scripture. Of course, the former both is governed by more certain principles and also is more rewarding. Still, many of the historic debates in ecclesiastical communions are in no small part...Continue reading.
David Hall
Richard Webster referred to five widely differing views regarding subscription in the colonial Presbyterian church as: "the Protesters, the excluded, the silent, those who were dissatisfied with both parties, and the absent." The modern church may find itself in a similar position. The...Continue reading.