Last updated on: 11/11/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Presbyterian Church (USA) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Presbyterian General Assemblies have been concerned not only for the issue of capital punishment, but also for those imprisoned…

The most recent statement was made in 1985 by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), reaffirming these positions and declaring ‘its continuing opposition to capital punishment.'”

“A General Guide to the Facts about the PCUSA,” www.pcusa.org (accessed July 28, 2008)

Description:

“Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers…

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.”

“Presbyterian 101: A general guide to facts about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),” www.pcusa.org (accessed July 28, 2008)

Mission:

“The denomination has set four mission priorities for the next phase of our life as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

  • Evangelism and Witness
  • Justice and Compassion
  • Spirituality and Discipleship
  • Leadership and Vocation”

“Who are we?,” www.pcusa.org (accessed July 28, 2008)

Other:
None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Christianity Support the Death Penalty?