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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

A Bibliography of Commentary on Presbyterian Polity

Garrison, Pinkney Jefferson [2 December 1906- 8 March 1984]
Presbyterian polity and procedures: The Presbyterian Church, U.S ., (Richmond, John Knox Press, 1953), 190pp.; 25 cm.

Leslie, John Douglass [1 July 1860 – 11 July 1935]
A ready reference manual for church officers and courts of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, (Richmond, VA, Texarkana, Ark.-Tex., Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1930), 61pp.; 20 cm. [Copies located at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (AUP); Southern Methodist University (ISB) and Union Presbyterian School of Christian Education (VUT)]

Leslie, John Douglass [1860-1935]
Presbyterian law and procedure in the Presbyterian church in the United States (Richmond, Va., Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1930), 411pp.; front. (port.) 1 illus., fold. diagr.; 19 cm. A copy is held by the CTS Buswell Library: BX 8966 .L4

Maddex, Jack, “Presbyterians in the South, Centralization, and the Book of Church Order, 1861-1879,” American Presbyterians, 68.1 (Spring 1990) 24-45.

Ramsay, Franklin Pierce [1856-1926]
An exposition of the form of government and the rules of discipline of the Presbyterian Church in the United States,(Richmond, VA: Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1898) Microform 298pp.; 20 cm. Note(s): Reproduction: Microfilm./ New York :/ New York Public Library,/ 1987./ 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm./ (MN *ZZ-27,886)

Smith, Morton H. [1923- ]
Commentary on the PCA Book of Church Order (Greenville, SC: Greenville Seminary Press, 1990) Looseleaf ; 23 cm. Note(s): The text of the Book of church order is in italic type; each paragraph of the text is followed by Smith's commentary.

Workman, William Hay [1858-1934]
Presbyterian rule, embracing the form of government, rules of discipline and directory of worship in the Presbyterian Church in the United States, (s.l., s.n., 1895), 204, 21pp.; 16 cm. A copy is held by the CTS Buswell Library: BX 8966 .W7 1895

Other relevant titles:
Baird, Samuel J., Digest
Blake, Eugene Carson, Presbyterian Law for the Local Church
Hall & Hall, Paradigms in Polity: Classic Readings in Reformed and Presbyterian Church Government
Hodge, Charles, Church Polity
Hodge, J. Aspinwall, What Is Presbyterian Law?
Holmes, John Agnew, The Polity of Presbyterianism, in a Review of Proceedings of a Session, Presbytery, and Synod, in a Recent Case of Discipline, (New York: John F. Trow, Printer, 1864), 40pp.
Lewis, John N., The Presbyterian Manual: Containing Forms for the Records of the Session, Presbytery and Synod and for the Judicial and Other Ecclesiastical Proceedings Required by the Polity of the Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia : Presbyterian Publication Committee, 1860), 149pp.; 16cm.
Moore, William E., A New Digest of the Acts and Deliverances
Mudge, Lewis Seymour and Finney, William P., Manual of Presbyterian Law
Scott, David, Distinctive Principles of the Reformed Presbyterian Church
Steuart, Walter, Collections and Observations (Edinburgh, 1770) [“Pardovan’s Collections”]
Travers, Walter, Book of Discipline , 1587

 



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Chapter Index [links to Par. 1 of each chapter]:
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I. King & Head of Church
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RoD
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II. Preliminary Principles
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DfW
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[FoG = Form of Government ; RoD = Rules of Discipline ; DfW = Directory for Worship]