.

The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 35 : Evidence

Paragraph 9 :

35-9. In like manner, testimony taken by one court and regularly certified shall be received by every other court as no less valid than if it had been taken by itself.

[Historical Summary : With only differences of punctuation, the wording of the current PCA text otherwise remains that of the earliest PCUS drafts. The 1858 Thornwell/Hodge draft for the PCUSA Rules of Discipline is distinguished by its consist use of the term "judicatory" where "court" is used in the later PCUS and PCA editions.]

Background and Comparison :
PCA 1973, 9-9, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly, p. 150
Continuing Presbyterian Church 1973, 9-9, Proposed text, p. 49
PCUS 1933, IX, § 235
PCUS 1925, IX, § 235
In like manner, testimony taken by one court, and regularly certified, shall be received by every other court as no less valid than if it had been taken by itself.

PCUS 1879, IX-9

In like manner, testimony taken by one court and regularly certified, shall be received by every other court, as no less valid than if it had been taken by itself.

PCUS 1869 draft, IX-9
In like manner, testimony taken by one court and regularly certified, shall be received by every other court as no less valid than if it had been taken by itself.

PCUS 1867 draft, IX-9
In like manner, testimony taken by one court and regularly certified, shall be received by every other court as no less valid than if it had
been taken by itself.

Northern Tradition :
PCUSA, 1859 draft, VII-11
In like manner, testimony taken by one judicatory, and regularly certified, shall be received by every other judicatory as no less valid than if it had been taken by themselves.

UPCNA 1867, 7-

OPC, 1988, IV.
Any

Other:
ARP, 1958, §V-

COMMENTARY :
F.P. Ramsay, Exposition of the Book of Church Order
(1898, p. 218), on IX-9 :
In like manner, testimony taken by one court and regularly certified, shall be received by every other court, as no less valid than if it had been taken by itself.
It may not have the same weight, but is no less valid.



©PCA Historical Center, 12330 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO, 2007. All Rights Reserved.

Chapter Index [links to Par. 1 of each chapter]:
FoG..
1
2
3.
4
5.
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
I. King & Head of Church
.§1.
§4
§5
RoD
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
II. Preliminary Principles
§1
§2
§3
§4
§5
§6
§7
§8
DfW
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
[FoG = Form of Government ; RoD = Rules of Discipline ; DfW = Directory for Worship]