Presbyterians, John Witherspoon, and Decline @logos

John Witherspoon
John Witherspoon (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

Logos is releasing The Works of John Witherspoon through their community pricing program.1 I don’t care. Well, I didn’t until I saw a friend of mine on facebook post a link to this post.

I’m really just calling attention to his strange infusion of American origins and the Presbyterians. Note as well how the modern secessionist movement group, The League of the South, are likewise themselves connected to the Presbyterians. Note, I’m not saying all Presbyterians are bad. There are some I rather like. Um, not like like, but like like in the way you like — oh never mind.

Anyway, just wanted to highlight this coincidence on my Facebook news feed as well as highlight how this one particular denomination helped shaped early America.

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  1. From Logos, John Knox Witherspoon was a Presbyterian minister, a president of what is now Princeton University, and a signer of the US Declaration of Independence. As a politician, he was a staunch nationalist and republican; as a minister, he was an evangelical opponent of the Moderate Party of the Church of Scotland. In 1768, he became the sixth president of The College of New Jersey at Princeton, where he focused on reforming the school to better train Presbyterian ministers and the future Protestant leaders of the nation.
Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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