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The Cambridge Platform - Contemporary Reader's Edition

The Cambridge Platform: Contemporary Reader's Edition

Product Attributes:

Product Code: 4714
ISBN: 9781558965379
Publisher: Skinner House Books
Publication Date: 
Pages: 80
Size: 5.5 X 8.5
Binding Information: Paperback 


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Skinner House is pleased to present a new edition of the Cambridge Platform, the 1648 document that first articulated the foundational principle of congregational polity. This independent form of church governance is the common heritage shared by Unitarians, Universalists and other congregationally ordered churches. Now distinguished historian Peter Hughes has made the Cambridge Platform available and accessible to a new generation of ministers and laypeople, with clarified scriptural citations, modernized spelling and punctuation, and a preface that addresses the contemporary value of this touchstone of religious liberty. Alice Blair Wesley introduces modern readers to the small community of seventeenth-century New England immigrants who gathered at Harvard College to craft a religious declaration of independence.

Praise for Cambridge Platform:
"This edition of the Cambridge Platform (1648) makes a crucial seventeenth-century document accessible to present-day readers. There is direct continuity from that normative statement of congregational polity by our forebears to our own theory and practice. It helps us understand ourselves and why we run our churches the way we do. It should be more widely familiar to both ministers and lay people."

—Conrad Wright, author, Congregational Polity and The Unitarian Controversy

Below is a video on the "Time Machine 1648/9" section of The Cambridge Platform, which is also available on the Skinner House Companion Resources page..


Table Of Contents:

Introduction by Alice Blair Wesley
Of the Form of Church Government and that It Is One, Immutable, and Prescribed in the Word of God
Of the Nature of the Catholic Church in General, and in Special, of a Particular Visible Church
Of the Matter of the Visible Church Both in Respect of Quality and Quantity
Of the Form of a Visible Church and of Church Covenant
Of the First Subject of Church Power or, to Whom Church Power Doth First Belong
Of the Officers of the Church, and Especially of Pastors and Teachers
Of Ruling Elders and Deacons
Of the Election of Church Officers
Of Ordination and Imposition of Hands
Of the Power of the Church and Its Presbytery
Of the Maintenance of Church Officers
Of Admission of Members into the Church
Of Church Members, Their Removal from One Church to Another, and of Letters of Recommendation and Dismission
Of Excommunication and Other Censures
Of the Communion of Churches One with Another
Of Synods
Of the Civil Magistrate’s Power in Matters Ecclesiastical
Scripture References


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