Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The American South: A Calvinist Melting Pot

GPTS Summer Course to Include Historical Tours in South Carolina


A widely diverse group of European Presbyterians settled in the American South in the early days of this nation. According to Dr. Moses Hoge, these European Presbyterians eventually blended so as to make “a body of Christians, singularly homogeneous, conservative, truth-loving, and ardently devoted to right and liberty. The courtly and cultivated Huguenot, the stern and simple-hearted Highlander, the strong, earnest, faithful Scotch-Irish, the conscientious Puritan, and the frank, honest Teuton, contributed of the wealth of their character and the glory of their history. Devotion to principle was the guiding star of their action.”

For the past 50 years no one has taught more students about the theology of Southern Presbyterians than Dr. Morton H. Smith. This summer the legacy continues in South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. C. N. Willborn, a student and colleague of Dr. Smith for the past several years.

Recognized for his own contributions to the history of American and Southern Presbyterianism, Dr. Willborn will survey the great doctrines of the Christian faith as set forth by the Southern luminaries. The contributions of R.L. Dabney, J.H. Thornwell, J.L. Girardeau, B.M. Palmer and Stuart Robinson will be highlighted along with those of their many students. These men were international Calvinists and continue to offer the church marvelous insight into the truths of God’s Holy Scriptures. Many of these studies will be offered on location in some of American Presbyterianism’s most historic sites, including two days in Columbia and Charleston. Consider this a vacation for those in love with truth.

The annual summer theology course is an elective for GPTS students and is open to members of the public. For complete information, visit the seminary web site.

300-year-old Johns Island
Presbyterian Church
The dates and times for the course are as follows:
·         Monday, July 28: 1-5 p.m.
·         Tuesday, July 29: 8:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Columbia and ending at Johns Island Presbyterian on Johns Island.
·         Tuesday evening in Charleston (information available on housing)
·         Wednesday, July 30: all day in some of Charleston’s most historic Presbyterian sites.
·         Thursday, July 31: 9 a.m.-12 noon; 1-4 p.m.
·         Friday, August 1: 9 a.m.-12 noon.

Tuition for the summer theology class is $408.00 (tuition and fees), or $60 to audit. To register for the theology course, call the Registrar at 864-322-2717 ext. 302 or contact her by e-mail at registrar@gpts.edu. Enrolled GPTS students taking the summer elective theology course must have registered by May 16.