Definition: Presbyterianism

From New World Encyclopedia


From presbyterian, from Late Latin presbyterium + -an. By surface analysis, presbyter + -ian or presbytery + -an, + -ism.


presbyterianism (uncountable)

  1. (when capitalized) A form of Protestant Christianity based on Calvinism.
  2. That form of church government which invests presbyters with all spiritual power, and admits no prelates over them.


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