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Mercersburg theology

Mercersburg theology. Movement in American theology in the 19th cent. Its principal figures were John W. Nevin (1803–86) and Philip Schaff (1819–93), colleagues at the German Reformed seminary in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, from 1844 to 1851. Opposing what Nevin called ‘Puritanic’ in American Protestantism, the movement decried revivalism, accorded Christian tradition an importance complementary to that of scripture, affirmed the Church as an article of faith, asserted a Calvinist sacramental view of the eucharist, and championed liturgical worship.

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