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History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America 1871-1920
History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America 1871-1920

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Author: William J. Edgar
Publisher: Crown & Covenant Publications
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232 pp

Stock Status:In Stock
Product Code: CH217

In History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America 1871-1920, learn:

  • How the persecuted Cameronian remnant of the Church of Scotland held to Second Reformation orthodoxy in the new United States, spread westwards in lay-led Societies, and established their own institutions of governance, education, and social welfare.
  • How the Reformed Presbyterian (Covenanter) Church denounced the American Constitution for its protection of race-based slavery and also for its godlessness, endured much unpopularity, but nevertheless affected American society deeply.
  • How in 1871 the Covenanter Church in an America drenched in sin signed a covenant with six commitments, then quarreled bitterly in 1891 over conflicting applications of two of them, and, by 1920, shrinking in size, lost interest in its covenant.
  • How from 1871–1920, hundreds of Covenanter preachers, teachers, and doctors took the gospel of peace to freedmen in Selma, Alabama; Chinese and Jewish immigrants; Comanche tribesmen; Syrian Alawite villagers; peasants in South China; and others.
This is a well done and much-needed popular history of the period covered, with a very effective preamble covering the earlier existence of the church that was the focus of David Carson’s work. Only the author could have tackled this subject, as one whose roots, experience, and gifts uniquely and eminently equip him for the task. I look forward to the second volume, covering 1920-1980, from the same hand!” – Gordon Keddie, RP preacher and author
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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 So thankful for this book! September 6, 2019
Reviewer: Bryan Schneider from Morning Sun, IA United States  
Wow! Dr. Edgar has given the church an amazing gift. How does one write never before written history? How does one keep a reader interested in the story without flattening theological arguments? The author somehow managed to pull it off. He’s written a well researched and masterfully written narrative.

This book is remarkably accessible, yet, amazingly well researched. Historians will be benefited by Dr. Edgar's thorough reading of primary sources (which are well cited). The use of church periodicals, congregational histories, minutes, scholarly resources, and individual sources gives the reader a panoramic view of the church throughout these decades.

The book is especially strong in its use of analysis. The reader will find very little party spirit as they enjoy this monograph. Dr. Edgar, when giving analysis, does not do so dogmatically but within the story itself. This is refreshing in our contentious social climate and of covenanter history.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Excellent book! August 14, 2019
Reviewer: Jordan Feagley from Pittsburgh, PA  
This is an excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! In fact, I read the entire book over the course of one weekend. I obtained my copy directly from Crown & Covenant Publications.

The "History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America 1871-1920: Living by its Covenant of 1871" is very well written and easy to read. If you have an interest in Reformed Presbyterian or Covenanter history this book is for you!

The first chapter provides a synopsis of the Reformation in Scotland, the Covenanter struggles, and their migration to Ireland and America. The rest of the book addresses the history of the Covenanters in America, beginning with the Reformed Presbytery.

It was amazing to read this book and see how the RPCNA fit into American history. But more importantly, it was beautiful to read how God has preserved this small branch of His church throughout many generations. I look forward to reading volume two when it is released!

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  5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Praise God! July 26, 2019
Reviewer: Daniel Hemken, Pastor, Hebron RPC from Clay Center, KS United States  
At last - a history of the Covenanters in America that picks up where David Carson and W.M. Glasgow left off. Extensively researched and superbly written, Edgar provides an excellent account of the life of the RPCNA from 1871-1920. His notes, as well,  are thorough and add much to the narrative.  Edgar demonstrates how Christ's strength is displayed in human weakness as a small denomination has been inordinately influential. For anyone interested in Church History, matters of Christian citizenship, home missions or missions to the Far and Near East, this book is a "must read." I eagerly await the next volume.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Fascinating and Beautiful July 26, 2019
Reviewer: Phil Pockras from Belle Center, OH United States  
This new work has been long needed.  There are a couple of other standard works on the history of the RPCNA that are readily available.  One ends in 1871; the other in 1888.

Dr. Edgar, in very clear prose, unfolds the history of the RPCNA, specially -- but not only -- concentrating on the years 1871 through 1920.  This fifty year span saw a new North American Covenant, growth in home and foreign missions, but then wrenching division and discouragement.  Through it all, King Jesus kept it faithful.

There is a historical background taking the reader up to 1871 for context, and a chapter on what happened later, whetting the reader's appetite for a projected second volume that will go to 1980.

The physical book itself is beautifully bound and seems quite sturdy.

This is a needed work for all in the RPCNA, and for those outside who want to gain some understanding of our unusual denomination that is so conservative theologically, yet so socially engaged.

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