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Presbyterian and Reformed Churches: A Global History (McGoldrick)

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In 1905, Westminster Press published History of the Presbyterian Churches of the World by church historian Richard Clark Reed (1851–1925). Reed’s book, intended as a textbook for college and seminary students, covered the history of churches that subscribed to Presbyterian polity from the New Testament era to the beginning of the twentieth century. Based on Reed’s original work as well as an unpublished manuscript by Presbyterian historian Thomas Hugh Spence Jr. (1899–1986), Presbyterian and Reformed Churches: A Global History picks up the story of Presbyterian and Reformed churches where the earlier works left off. In this volume, James McGoldrick revises and updates Reed’s and Spence’s original, historically relevant works, continuing the survey to the twenty-first century.

Each chapter traces the history of Presbyterian and Reformed   churches in individual nations and regions around the globe. The author covers the major events, leaders, and institutions influencing Presbyterian and Reformed church history in a readable style that is ideally suited for classroom study as well as for independent reading. A list of suggested additional readings concludes each chapter.

Table of Contents:


  1. Introduction to Presbyterian History
  2. Switzerland
  3. France
  4. The Netherlands
  5. Central and Eastern Europe
  6. Elsewhere in Europe
  7. Scotland
  8. Ireland
  9. England and Wales
  10. Establishing Presbyterianism in America
  11. Presbyterians in the Young Republic
  12. The Southern Presbyterian Church
  13. Reformed Theology in Nineteenth-Century America
  14. Other Reformed Bodies in America
  15. Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in the British Empire
  16. Presbyterianism in Twentieth-Century United States
  17. Scholarship in Defense of the Faith
  18. Formation of the Presbyterian Church in America
  19. Other American Reformed and Presbyterian Churches in the Twentieth Century
  20. The Reformed Faith in Mexico and Central America
  21. The Caribbean Basin
  22. South America
  23. Arab North Africa
  24. Africa below the Sahara Desert
  25. Reformed Churches in the Middle East
  26. Reformed Developments on the Indian Subcontinent
  27. Reformed Churches on the Peninsula of Indochina
  28. Elsewhere in Southeast Asia
  29. Mainland China
  30. The Republic of China-Taiwan
  31. The Republic of Korea
  32. The Empire of Japan
  33. Lesser Pacific Islands
  34. Conclusion 



“This comprehensive resource on international Calvinism offers a panoramic view of the catholicity of the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition and a reminder of the global dimensions of our ‘like precious faith.’ A remarkable achievement.” — John Muether, Professor of Church History and Library Director, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“This book declares the mighty works of the Lord in history, and how He has openly shown His righteousness through biblical truth in the sight of the nations. It is touching to see how large and widespread the Presbyterian and Reformed family is across the world. This highly informative and easy-to-read book will be appreciated both by those who know little about the subject and those who know a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learned a great deal.” — Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan