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DELIVERED BEFORE THE PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL
EVENING, MAY 1, 1855,
REV. CHARLES HODGE, D. D.
PRESBYTERIAN BOARD OF PUBLICATION,
NO. 265 CHESTNUT STREET.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by
A. W. MITCHELL, M. D. in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for
the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
WHAT IS PRESBYTERIANISM?
BRETHREN :- We are assembled this evening as a Presbyterian Historical Society. It has occurred to me that it would not be inappropriate to discuss the question, What is Presbyterianism? You will not expect from me an oration. My object is neither conviction nor persuasion; but exposition. I propose
the hours devoted to this address in an attempt to unfold the principles of that system of Church polity which we, as Presbyterians, hold to be laid down in the word of God.
Setting aside Erastianism, which teaches that the Church is only one form of the State; and Quakerism, which does not provide for the external