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Church Design—Steeples

December 3rd, 2015, at 1:11 pm

The image is a drawing of Savannah, Georgia, circa 1870, which was composed by its artist while viewing the city to the south from Hutchinson Island. Almost in line with the mast near the stern of the ship with two masts on the left is a faint image of a slender, tiered, and tall structure, […]

During the early to middle decades of the nineteenth century there was likely not an issue of a western Presbyterian periodical that did not have at least one mention of the name, “Breckinridge.” The August 10, 1865 issue of the Western Presbyterian, shown in the picture, provides a good example of the many occurrences of […]

In this last posting of the series of articles remembering Reformation Day 2015 some brief comments regarding resources for study of the Reformation will be provided, a short definition of indulgences will be given, sacerdotal will be defined, some comments made regarding B. B. Warfield’s article “The Ninety-Five Theses in their Theological Significance,” and there will be […]

Keeping with the Protestant Reformation theme for the postings in October, T. C. Johnson’s book, John Calvin and The Genevan Reformation: A Sketch, Richmond, 1900, will be the subject of this antiquarian review. The book is available in PDF on Presbyterians of the Past and can be downloaded by clicking Download Now! However, before getting into […]

On Reformation Day, the posting of Martin Luther’s theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg is remembered as the event that launched the Protestant Reformation. Luther’s initial intention was to reform Catholicism and not replace it with another church; Luther’s work, at least in the early years, was submissively reforming rather than […]

The following suggested books concerning the history of the Reformation are listed here because they were not written for professional-academic historians, but they still provide good content and limited delving into the technicalities of doctrines debated during the sixteenth century. The titles selected have been chosen mostly because they provide panoramas of their subjects, but […]

On October 31, 2015, the four-hundred-ninety-eighth anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his ninety-five theses on the Wittenberg Castle Church door in Germany will be remembered.  The Augustinian monk’s act was not vandalism but a call for discussion and debate of his ninety-five points regarding the use of indulgences in the Roman Catholic Church. In honor of this […]

Church Design—Seating

August 26th, 2015, at 3:00 pm

According to Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language, “pew” was defined as “an enclosed seat in a church” that had been in the past “made square” by boxing them in with panels and providing a door for access. His dictionary goes on to add that in “modern churches in America” seating was […]

Church Design—Pulpits

August 4th, 2015, at 9:09 pm

This is the first of a series of articles that will be posted occasionally on Presbyterians of the Past to provide information about the design of churches. It is hoped that these brief topical studies will be helpful to church building committees as they design their worship facilities. A key consideration for church design is the […]