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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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Deacon Milliken gave ten dollars towards the conversion of Syria to Congregationalism, and Mrs.
This strengthened the desire of a young generation of German Jews not only to emigrate, but to grasp the opportunities America and its religious Congregationalism offered to them.
See Glen Stassen, "Opening Menno Simons' Foundation-Book and Finding the Father of Baptist Origins Alongside the Mother--Calvinist Congregationalism," Baptist History and Heritage 33 (Spring 1998): 34.
Between the 1820s and 1840s the young Brownson underwent a series of intellectual and spiritual conversions: from Congregationalism to Unitarianism, then atheism, while at the same time, he aligned himself philosophically with the New England Transcendentalists.
Baptists in Connecticut at the time were still subjected to a powerful combination of church and state, with the church in question being Congregationalism.
That the Anglican church "has always been based on synodical and episcopal leadership and direction," he said, adding that he is "concerned about Congregationalism," and the possibility of an individual church telling its priest whom he or she can or cannot marry.
As Barry Shain has shown, the Bible led them to Congregationalism in church polity: the church was the local congregation.
Episcopalianism and Congregationalism, which emphasize rule by a bishop or by the people), is more compatible with Chinese society, which emphasizes the father figure.
In Chapter 4, Hoover explains his need to create the term "the shared parish": "De facto Congregationalism," the sociological term usually applied to U.
The Second Great Awakening, with its literal interpretation of the Bible and emphasis on "born-again" experiences, was taking place during the same period of the late 18th and early 19th centuries as the transformation of Puritan-descended New England Congregationalism into more liberal, Enlightenment-infused Unitarianism.
They tore down the Presbyterian meetinghouse before it was finished, and the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians were forced to become part of the Congregationalism of the Worcester settlers.
39) To cite only a few examples, Henry Stimson, "The Future of Congregationalism," in Minutes of the National Council of the Congregational Churches of the United States (Boston, 1887), 175-95, at 184; R.

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