You are here:Home-Resources-Counsel of Chalcedon Magazine-1999 Issue 4-Thornwell's View of the Exercise of Church Power

Thornwell's View of the Exercise of Church Power

Presbyterians in America are living through a very significant time. For the first time in over a century, the Presbyterians in the southern part of the United States have suffered a major division. Some 50,000 members of the Presbyterian Church in the United States have separated from their "mother church" to form the Presbyterian Church in America.

As a group essentially drawn from the "Southern Presbyterian Church" who think of themselves as continuing their past Southern Presbyterian heritage, this new church has a special interest in the writings of James Henley Thornwell, one of the founding fathers of the "Southern Presbyterian Church." Happily, the Banner of Truth Trust is presently in the process of republishing Thornwell's Collected Writings, together with his Life and Letters by Dr. Benjamin Morgan Palmer (this latter volume already being available). Every Presbyterian minister would do well to obtain these works and study them.