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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

James Wilkinson Dale 1812-1881

James Wilkinson Dale was born October 16, 1812, at Cantwell’s Bridge (now Odessa) Delaware. He was the third son and the fourth child of Richard Colgate Dale, M.D. and Margaret (Fitzgerald) Dale. Following a term studying law, he turned to prepare for the ministry, initially at the Andover Theological Seminary. From his second year on, he continued his studies at Princeton, graduating there in 1835. He was appointed by the American Board to serve as a missionary in India, but could not gather the requisite financial support and had to withdraw. Undeterred, he next entered upon medical studies to further prepare for missions work, but upon graduation in 1838, entered into a term of service as an agent for the American Bible Society, 1838-1845. He later served as pastor of several churches near Philadelphia. It was during the time of these several pastorates that he wrote his famous works on the subject of baptism.

DALE, James Wilkinson, author, born in Cant-well's Bridge (now Odessa), Del., 16 October 1812; died in Media, Pennsylvania, 19 April 1881. He was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1831, at the head of his class, and began the study of law, but abandoned it for that of theology, which he pursued at Andover and Princeton. He wished to become a missionary, and was appointed by the American board to a station in India; but financial embarrassment prevented his departure, and to fit himself more thoroughly for mission work he entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his degree in 1838. He had been ordained at Andover in 1837, and, after supplying pulpits in Philadelphia, was agent of the American Bible society in 1838-'45. He then held pastorates at Ridley, Middletown, Media, and Wayne, Pennsylvania, till 1876, when he retired and devoted himself to literature. Dr. Dale was at one time a leader in the temperance movement in Media. The University of Pennsylvania gave him the degree of D.D. in 1868. His principal work is an exhaustive "Inquiry into the Meaning of Baptizo as determined by Usage," including "Classic Baptism " (Philadelphia, 1867): "Judaic Baptism" (1869); "Johannie Baptism" (1871); and "Christie and Patristic Baptism" (1874). Dr. Dale's conclusions are adverse to the views of the Baptists on the subject; but the work is considered an authority by scholars of all other denominations, and has received from them the highest praise. A memorial of Dr. Dale was written by the Rev. James Roberts, D. D. (Philadelphia, printed privately, 1886).

A Memorial of Rev. James W. Dale - 1886 - Roberts, James

Classic Baptism was published in 1867;
Judaic Baptism in 1869;
Johannic Baptism in 1871;
Christic and Patristic Baptism, a volume approximately twice the length of the former works, was then published in 1874.

James W. Dale works at Penn State Online Books Page

Classic Baptism. An Inquiry into the Meaning of the Word "baptize", as Determined by the Usage of Classical Greek Writers - 1867 - Dale, James Wilkinson 1812-1881

An Inquiry into the Usage of Baptizo and the Nature of Judaic Baptism as shown by Jewish and Patristic Writings - 1870 - Dale, James Wilkinson 1812-1881

An Inquiry into the Usage of Baptizo, and the Nature of Johannic Baptism, as Exhibited in the Holy Scriptures - 1871 - Dale, James Wilkinson 1812-1881

An Inquiry into the Usage of Baptizo, and the Nature of Christic and Patristic Baptism, as Exhibited in the Holy Scriptures and Patristic Writings - 1874 - Dale, James Wilkinson 1812-1881

The Cup and the Cross: Or, The Baptism of Calvary, "One Baptism", the Ground and the Key to All Other Bible Baptisms: Exposition of Mark 10:38, 39, Before the Synod of Philadelphia. - 1872 - Dale, James Wilkinson 1812-1881

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Andrew Gray 1633-1656

Andrew Gray (1633–1656), was a Scottish divine. (Biographical Sketch and Links to Works) (Biographical Sketch and Links to Works) (Links to Works) (Links to Related Literature) (Biographical Sketch)

Dictionary of National Biography, Volume XXIII, page 2 - 1890

‘The Whole Works of the Reverend and Pious Mr. Andrew Gray,’ Glasgow, 1762, 1789, 1803, 1813, 8vo; Paisley, 1762, 1769, 8vo; Falkirk, 1789, 8vo; Aberdeen, 1839, 8vo (with preface by the Rev. W. King Tweedie). From a manuscript collection of sixty-one other sermons, eleven were published as vol. i. of an intended series, with preface by the Rev. John Willison of Dundee, in 1746. The fifty remaining sermons appeared later in another volume as ‘Select Sermons by … Mr. Andrew Gray,’ Edinburgh, 1765, 8vo; Falkirk, 1792, 8vo. From the 1746 volume was reissued separately, with a Gaelic translation by J. Gillies (Glasgow, 1851, 12mo), the sermon on Canticles iii. 11. Two single sermons, not apparently published elsewhere, one on Exod. xxxiv. 6, the other on Job xxiii. 3, appeared respectively at Edinburgh in 1774 and at Glasgow in 1782.1863

The Mystery of Faith Opened Up: or, Some Sermons Concerning Faith. Revised and Corrected (Edinburgh, 1671)

The Mystery of Faith Opened Up; or, Some Sermons Concerning Faith ... Whereunto are Added Other three Sermons, Two Concerning the Great Salvation ... and a Third Concerning Death - 1678 - Gray, Andrew, 1633-1656; Trail, Robert, 1642-1716; Stirling, John, M.A.

Great and Precious Promises: or, Some Sermons Concerning the Promises. Last impr., correction - 1736

The Works of the Reverend and Pious Andrew Gray (Glasgow, 1762)

The Works of the Reverend and Pious Mr. Andrew Gray, Late Minister of the Gospel in Glasgow - 1813 - Gray, Andrew, 1633-1656

The Works of the Reverend and Pious Andrew Gray - 1839- Gray, Andrew, 1633-1656; Tweedie, W. K. (William King), 1803-1863

Friday, March 17, 2017

Alexander Smellie ("Smiley") 1857-1923

Alexander Smellie (1857-1923) was an Original Secession Church minister and writer. Born at Stranraer, he graduated at Edinburgh, and after theological studies was ordained and inducted to Stranraer in 1880. During 1892-4 he edited the Sunday School Chronicle in London, but returned to Scotland to minister in Thurso (1894-1900) and Carluke (1900-23).

Smellie always had the vision of ‘a reunited Evangelical and Presbyterian Church of Scotland’, and retained cordial relations with those in other Churches. For some years he contributed weekly to the Sunday School Times of Philadelphia. He wrote biographies of R. M. M’Cheyne and Evan Hopkins, and a number of devotional works, but is chiefly remembered for his beautifully written Men of the Covenant, the 1924 edition of which was reproduced in 1975 by the Trust, and which has been translated into several languages.

[Slightly edited from the article on Smellie by J. D. Douglas in Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology.]

Life of Rev. Alexander Smellie, D.D. - 1923 - Morton, Robert, 1849-1932
Life of Rev. Alexander Smellie, D.D. (1857-1923), by Rev. Professor Robert Morton (1849-1932), extracted from The Original Secession Magazine, Vol 29, Nos. 7, 8, 9, 10, July-October 1923.

Men of the Covenant: The Story of the Scottish Church in the Years of the Persecution - 1903 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Men of the Covenant, Volume 1 - 1908 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Men of the Covenant, Volume 2 - 1908 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Robert Murray McCheyne - 1913 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

In the Hour of Silence: A Book of Daily Meditations for a Year - 1899 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

In the Hour of Silence: A Book of Daily Meditations for a Year - 1906 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

In the Hour of Silence: A Book of Daily Meditations for a Year - 1923 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Service and Inspiration - 1904 - Smellie, Alexander, 1857-1923

Why Keep the Sabbath? - 1902

Lift Up Your Heart, Four Addresses on Sanctification - 1915

Out of the Desert a Gift, A Book of Counsel and Company for the Sabbath Evening - 1917

The Well by the Way, A Second Book of Counsel and Company for the Sabbath Evening - 1918

Evan Henry Hopkins. A Memoir, Etc. [With Portraits.] - 1920

The Reformation in Its Literature - 1925

Saturday, January 7, 2017

James Isaac Good 1850-1924

James Isaac Good (1850-1924) was an American Reformed church clergyman and historian.  He was born at York, Pennsylvania.  he graduated at Lafayette College in 1872 and at Union Theological Seminary in 1875.  For thirty years (1875-1905) his pastorates were in Pennsylvania.  Later, he held a position at the Central theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio), and was elected president of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States.

He wrote:

History of the Swiss Reformed Church Since the Reformation - 1913
James Isaac Good, Reformed Church in the United States.

Johann Heinrich Heidegger 1633-1698

Johann Heinrich Heidegger (July 1, 1633 – July 18, 1698), Swiss theologian, was born at Bäretswil, in the Canton of Zürich.
HEIDEGGER, (John Henry,) a Swiss Protestant divine, born at Ursevellon, near Zurich, in 1633.  He was first a teacher of Hebrew and philosophy at Heidelberg, then of divinity and ecclesiastical history at Steinfurt, and last of morality and divinity at Zurich, where he died in 1698.
A New General Biographical Dictionary, Volume 8 - 1814 - page 249
Encyclopedia Britannica, Volumes 13-14 - 1911 - page 209
Major works:
De historia sacra patriarcharum exercitationes selectae (1667–1671)  Volume 1 Volume 2
Dissertatio de Peregrinationibus religiosis (1670)
De ratione studiorum, opuscula aurea, &c. (1670)

Historia papatus (1684; under the name Nicander von Hohenegg)
Manuductio in viam concordiae Protestantium ecclesiasticae (1686)
Tumulus concilii Tridentini (1690)
Exercitationes biblicae (1700), with a life of the author prefixed
Corpus theologiae Christianae (1700, edited by J. H. Schweizer)
Ethicae Christianae elementa (1711)
Life of J. H. Hottinger (1667)
Life of J. L. Fabricius (1698)
His autobiography appeared in 1698, under the title Historia vitae J. H. Heideggeri.
Free public domain works of Johann Heinrich Heidegger via Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL)
The Presbyterian and Reformed Review, Volume 6 (edited by Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield) - page 600 (The Period of the Rise of Scholastic Calvinism, mentions Hottinger and Heidegger)
History of the Swiss Reformed Church since the Reformation - 1913 - James Isaac Good - page 144 (See entry on Professor John Henry Heidegger; The Period of Scholastic Calvinism begins on page 131)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

James Renwick Willson 1780-1853

James R. Willson was a minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in American.

Biographical Sketch from William Buell Sprague's "Annals of the American Pulpit: Various Denominations, Volume IX" - 1869  See page 39 of the Reformed Presbyterian section.

Biographical Sketch from the author's book on the translation of Turrettin on the Atonement.

See the Covenanter web site for his biographical sketch and works here.
A Historical Sketch of Opinions on the Atonement - 1817
The Subjection of Kings and Nations to Messiah - 1820
Sermon on Civil Government - 1821
Essay on Tolerance - 1823
A Sermon, on the Glory and Security of the Church of God - 1825
The Sabbath. A Discourse on the Duty of Civil Government in Relation to the Sanctification of the Lord's Day - 1829
Prince Messiah's Claims to Dominion Over All Governments: and the Disregard of his Authority by the United States, in the Federal Constitution - 1832
Tokens of the Divine Displeasure, in the Late conflagrations in New-York, & Other Judgments, Illustrated - 1836
The Written Law, or the Law of God Revealed in the Scriptures, by Christ as Mediator - 1838
Reasons of Dissent from the Act of Synod Rescinding the Act, which Ordered the Congregations to Read the Lines in the Public Singing of the Praises of God - 1847
Public Covenanting - 1849
Covenant Renovation - 1849
Seasons of Covenanting - 1850

At Internet Archive
The Sabbath. A Discourse on the Duty of Civil Government, in Relation to the Sanctification of the Lord's Day - 1829

An Address on West India Emancipation: Delivered on the First of August, 1838, Before the Union Anti-Slavery Society of Philadelphia - 1838 (Copy 2)

Turrettin on the Atonement of Christ - 1859 (Translated by James Renwick Willson)
See pages ix-xii for a biographical sketch of Dr. Willson.
This publication is a part of a much larger volume originally published in Philadelphia in the year 1817, with the title: "A Historical Sketch of Opinions on the Atonement interspersed with Biographical Notices of the leading Doctors, and Outlines of the Sections of the Church, from the Incarnation of Christ unto the present Times: with Translation from Francis Turretin on the Atonement. By James R. Willson, A.M."

At Google Books

An Address, Delivered Before the Newburgh Library Association, on the First Anniversary.  December 29, 1836 - 1837

A Historical Sketch of Opinions on the Atonement, Interspersed with Biographical Notices of the Leading doctors, and Outlines of the Sections of the Church, From the Incarnation of Christ, to the present time; with Translations from Francis Turrettin, on The Atonement - 1817 (Copy 2)

Tokens of the Divine displeasure, in the late Conflagrations in New-York, and Other Judgments, Illustrated. - 1836

The Subjection of Kings and Nations to Messiah.  A Sermon, Preached on Monday, December 6, 1819, Immediately after the Dispensation of the Lord's Supper, in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, in the City of New-York. By James R. Wilson, A.M. Minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Congregation, Newburgh - 1820

An Address on West India Emancipation. Delivered on the First of August, 1838, Before the Union Anti-Slavery Society of Philadelphia, By James R. Willson, D.D. - 1830

Friday, December 16, 2016

Reformed Presbyterian History Archives

This web site is sponsored and funded by the History Committee of the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA).

In order to more efficiently and usefully use the downloading and search functions of records on this site, you should have access to a fast internet service (DSL or cable).  Dial up connections will not work well.  Files download as PDFs.

The mission of the History Committee of the RPCNA is to solicit, collect, arrange, describe, preserve and make available the historical record of the origin, development, programs, ministries, influence, liturgical practices, artifacts, photographs, and people of the RPCNA.  Examples of information collected are: institutional records of the denomination at its various levels; collect the personal papers and memorabilia of ministers and missionaries; provide facilities for the collections; provide reference services through the use of electronic archival files to those who desire to pursue their interest in the history of the RPCNA.

These RPCNA archives are located in a dedicated room at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 7418 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

Albany Quarterly 1832-1833
Reformed Presbyterian 1837-1862
Covenanter 1845-1862
Reformed Presbyterian and Covenanter 1863-1895
Our Banner 1874-1894
Reformed Presbyterian Standard 1899-1909
Christian Nation 1884-1928
Herald of Mission News 1887-1897
Olive Trees 1898-1927
The Hebrew Messenger 1902-1908
Covenanter Witness 1928-1989
Minutes of Synod 1809-2014
RP Ministers and History 1888-1993
Blue Banner Faith and Life (J.G. Vos)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The History Behind the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod - 1974 (PDF)
By George P. Hutchinson (1938-2013)

Obituary at Princeton Alumni Weekly

Bibliographic citation: Hutchinson, George P., The History Behind the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod. Cherry Hill, NJ: Mack Publishing Company, 1974. xxi, 448 p.; illustrations; 23 cm.]

Introduction by History of the Church Committeeix



Foreword by Paul Woolleyxv

Author's Prefacexvii
1.The Nature of Presbyterianism1

Historic Presbyterianism
One Infallible Authority
The Confession of Faith
Presbyterian Church Life
The Presbyterian Church
2.The Reformed Presbyterian Church in America23

The Covenanted Reformation
The Reformed Presbyterian Conscience
Reformed Presbyterianism in America
Reformation Principles Exhibited
The Covenanter Church

3.The Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Synod65

Optimism and Progress
Disruption and Recovery
Division and Decline
Change and Crisis
A Changed Church

4. The Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.109

Beginnings of Organization
Old Side -- New Side
The General Assembly
Old School -- New School
A Reunited Church

5.The Broadening Church in the U.S.A.153

Rise of Modernism
Reaction of Fundamentalism
The Princeton Tradition
Triumph of Indifferentism
The Broadened Church

6.The Presbyterian Separatist Movement195

Christianity and Liberalism
A New Reformation
A True Presbyterian Church
The Division of 1937
A Testifying Church

7.The Bible Presbyterian Church245

Bible Presbyterian Synod
Testimony of Separation
The Throes of Controversy
The Division of 1956
Conflict With Movementism

8. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church299

The Columbus Synod
Bible Presbyterian Agencies
Evangelical Presbyterian Concerns
An Evangelical Church
Evangelical Presbyterianism

9.The Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod353

A New Beginning
A Fresh Start
Lookout Mountain Wedding
The Evangelical Synod
Reformed Presbyterianism

10. 409

A Noble Vision
Bible Presbyterianism
Calvinistic Evangelicalism
Building the Church
A Burning Love

Select Bibliography for Further Reading437


Photographs between pages 212 and 213.