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We are offering an Presbyterians in Ireland bundle. Get Presbyterians in Ireland: An Illustrated History, Presbyterian History in Ireland: Two 17th-Century Narratives, & The Story of the Presbyterians in Ulster Map for just £19.99 (RRP £40)

Presbyterians in Ireland: An Illustrated History

Presbyterians in Ireland: An Illustrated History by Laurence Kirkpatrick is an attractive, illustrated hardback volume that provides an accessible history of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. A general history of the church in Ireland from the seventeenth century to the present day is outlined, followed by chapters on subjects including missions, (in India, China and Africa), theological education and maps of the Presbyteries.

The remainder of the book is devoted to brief histories of the twenty-one Presbyteries in Ireland including all the individual churches and key ministerial figures.

Presbyterian History in Ireland: Two 17th-Century Narratives

This volume makes available to a modern audience two seventeenth-century texts that are critical to our understanding of the emergence of Presbyterianism in Ireland. Patrick Adair’s ‘True narrative of the rise and progress of the Presbyterian Government in the north of Ireland’ can be considered the origin text of the Ulster Presbyterian historical tradition. It is the earliest known account of the emergence of Presbyterianism in the province, covering the period from the 1620s to c. 1670, and was written by someone who witnessed at first hand many of the episodes he describes. This fresh edition is based on the earliest surviving manuscript copy of Adair’s text held by the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland.

Andrew Stewart’s ‘Short account of the Church of Christ …’ is drawn from the manuscript in the Wodrow collection of the National Library of Scotland and is published in full for the first time. Stewart presents the history of Christianity in Ireland from the time of St Patrick to his own day, in the process providing a reinterpretation of the Irish religious past from a Scottish perspective. Stewart’s work complements that of Adair in placing the emergent Presbyterian tradition within a longer-term perspective, one which stretches all the way back to the ancient origins of Christianity in Britain as well as Ireland, and the fresh beginnings which Stewart saw as occurring in his own lifetime.

The Story of the Presbyterians in Ulster Map

For four centuries Presbyterians have represented one of the most important elements in the population of Ireland. Their influence has been strongest in the history of the northern province of Ulster where for over 300 years they have constituted a majority of the Protestant population. The origins of the Presbyterian churches in Ireland can be traced to Scotland and to the successive waves of immigration of Scottish families to this island in the 1600s.

This folding map/pocket history looks at the story of Ulster's Presbyterians, highlighting the emergence of the historic Presbyterian denominations, the role of Presbyterians in the 1798 Rebellion and the formation of Northern Ireland, and the contribution of Presbyterians to education and the mission field. It also includes information on 30 sites where you can discover at first hand the richly textured history of Presbyterianism in Ulster. The publishers are the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland and the Ulster Historical Foundation with sponsorship provided by MAGUS.

Andrew Stewart

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Laurence Kirkpatrick

Laurence Kirkpatrick studied Ancient History and Theology at Queen's University (QUB) and Early Church History at the University of Glasgow. He was minister of Muckamore Presbyterian Church for 12 years before his appointment as Professor of Church History in Union Theological College (UTC) in 1996. He has wide administrative experience of academic advisement and course development, serving as UTC Secretary of Faculty (1998-2007) and QUB Advisor of Studies (2000-07). He is currently Chair of the Practical Theology, Systematic Theology and Church History Subject Board of the Queen'€™s University Institute of Theology. He has delivered numerous public lectures, most recently the Robert Allen Lecture on Theological Education, the Carey Lectures on Irish Presbyterian Mission to Manchuria and several community events marking the 400th Anniversary of the publication of the Authorised King James Bible. He will deliver the Comber Titanic Centenary Lecture in April 2012 and also presented a paper at and edited the papers of The 1912 Ulster Covenant and Citizenship Conference in April 2012. He co-organised the Calvin Anniversary Conference in Union College in September 2009. He will present a paper at The Open University Religious Difference and Conflict Conference in Belfast in September 2012. He also instigated and organises the Institute of Theology Annual RE Sixth Form Forum in 2010 which is attended by 300 sixth formers.

Patrick Adair

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