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1. A type of church government in which each local congregation is self-governing.
2. Congregationalism The system of government and religious beliefs of a Protestant denomination in which each member church is self-governing.

con′gre·ga′tion·al·ist n.


(Protestantism) a system of Christian doctrines and ecclesiastical government in which each congregation is self-governing and maintains bonds of faith with other similar local congregations
ˌCongreˈgationalist adj, n


(ˌkɒŋ grɪˈgeɪ ʃə nlˌɪz əm)

1. a form of church government in which each local religious society is self-governing.
2. (cap.) the system of government and doctrine of Congregational churches.
con`gre•ga′tion•al•ist, n., adj.


1. the doctrine and governmental practices of Congregational churches.
2. a form of church government in which each congregation is autonomous. — Congregationalist, n., adj.
See also: Protestantism
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Noun1.Congregationalism - system of beliefs and church government of a Protestant denomination in which each member church is self-governing
Protestantism - the theological system of any of the churches of western Christendom that separated from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation


nKongregationalismus m


[ˌkɒŋgrɪˈgeɪʃənəˌlɪzəm] ncongregazionalismo
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But he also features the covenant and millennial motifs of Joseph Lathrop, an avid defender of the Congregationalist polity, and asserts that even though "Congregationalists had erected an enlightened republican government on top of a Puritan base," they "were trying to fuse the two using a cement composed of the covenant and the millennium" (pp.
Borrowing a line from Perry Miller, Kuehne points out that as the founding era closed it was "inconceivable" to these ministers that the rise of secular reason would end up administering over the slow death of the Congregationalist polity.

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