Samuel Patton on the Glorious Revolution and constitutional government

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Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
... The Revolution Settlement was effected under William III., and against that settlement out fathers took up position uncompromising dissent. Their grand ideal of Christian Church in a Christian State seemed rudely dashed to the ground. For by this Settlement a semi-Erastian Presbytery was established in Scotland, and wholly Erastian Prelacy in England and Ireland. With all the energy most determined dissent the Covenanters [Reformed Presbyterians] recoiled from this Settlement, and withdrew, not only from the Church, but also from the State.

Yet let it be considered that, by the Revolution Settlement, a part of the contendings of the farsighted Covenanters was nobly vindicated. The absolute sovereignty of the King over the nation was swept away, and civil liberty triumphed. The Revolution Settlement gave us a Constitution. Prelacy was set up, indeed, and Royal supremacy was established, but this was done by the nation itself now acting through its Parliament. The arrangement was bad, but it was capable of being reversed. …

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