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The Rise and Fall of Southern Presbyterianism

The purpose of this article is to set forth the rich heritage of Southern Presbyterianism, to document its rise, and to note its tragic fall. Accordingly, it will be necessary to give a general survey of the formation of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. We will then observe that the fall of the Southern Presbyterian Church occurred as it departed from its original fidelity to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.

This departure took place in the official rulings of the General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS). Sadly, we see the beginnings of a similar departure in the largest conservative Presbyterian Church in the United States today, the Presbyterian Church In America (PCA).