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1922 Excerpt: ...save four who had recanted. The General Assembly
of Glasgow deserves to rank among the great assemblies of the
world; for it began a revolution which only ended with the
establishment of the doctrine of popular sovereignty in the
islands, and consequently in the whole British Commonwealth, and
ultimately throughout the world. It was the most democratic and the
most representative national body which had ever yet met. In every
Scottish parish the minister and one lay elder were elected to the
Presbytery; and from every Presbytery three ministers and a lay
elder were sent to sit in the Assembly. The ministers were the
intellectual and spiritual leaders of the nation; the lay elders
included the ablest and best men of all the educated classes. To
defy the decisions of such a body was dangerous indeed. They were
bold and unflinching decisions. First of all, the bishops were
indicted. By the king's orders they refused to appear or to
recognise the jurisdiction of an Assembly in which they did not sit
as members; and on this ground, when the Assembly asserted that as
a legally constituted body it had a right to judge the bishops, the
king's commissioner, Hamilton, declared it dissolved. But no
attention was paid to the dissolution: the Assembly went on with
its task. It abolished episcopacy. It abolished the Court of High
Commission. It abolished the canons and the liturgy; jand then, in
one comprehensive act, it re-established the whole Presbyterian
system, its kirk sessions in each parish, its presbyteries, its
synods, its General Assembly; and ordained that schools should be
set up in every parish at the public expense. 'We have cast down
the walls of Jericho, ' said the Moderator in his closing words;
'Let him that rebuildeth beware of the curse of Kiel the Be...
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