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“Authority and Power in the Free Church Tradition” by Paul Harrison

Authority and Power in the Free Church Tradition

by Paul M. Harrison

(Southern Illinois, 1959), pages 3 – 37

The opening section of Harrison’s work point out how polity works in the Baptist tradition, which has a strong history of congregational polity. The similarities and differences from the Unitarian experience are striking.

  1. What authenticates congregational polity for a Baptist and contrast this with Unitarianism?
  2. Harrison writes of “expediential authority” as giving power not formally granted, is there a similar force in Unitarianism?

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