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Samuel Miller on Presbyterian History, Government, and Worship

Harrison Perkins speaks about Samuel Miller’s views on Presbyterianism. Dr. Perkins has edited a new edition of Miller’s Presbyterianism: Its History, Doctrine, Government, and Worship, which has been published by Log College Press.

Samuel Miller, the first professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government at Princeton Theological Seminary and a prolific author, published this introduction and defense of Presbyterianism in 1835. Originally titled Presbyterianism: The Truly Primitive and Apostolical Constitution of the Church of Christ, Miller covers the basics of Presbyterian belief and practice, grounding his material in the Scriptures primarily and church history secondarily.

Dr. Harrison Perkins is Stated Supply at Oakland Hills Community Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan
Visiting lecturer in systematic theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary and online instructor at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of Catholicity and the Covenant of Works: James Ussher and the Reformed Tradition, of which he spoke on Christ the Center episode 677.


  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:03:20 Update and Current Projects
  • 00:09:35 Editing Samuel Miller’s Presbyterianism
  • 00:17:46 Samuel Miller’s Biography
  • 00:20:37 The History of Presbyterianism
  • 00:33:51 Presbyterian Doctrine
  • 00:40:17 The Practicality of Presbyterian Principles
  • 00:45:47 Presbyterian Government
  • 00:49:23 Presbyterian Worship
  • 01:05:23 Conclusion

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