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Much has been published in the daily newspapers recently regarding the desire of prominent Presbyterians to have the creed of their denomination changed with a view to dropping the clauses relating to "infant damnation," and "predestination," on the ground that they are not generally believed by Presbyterians of this age.

The discussion of this question started with the criticism of the "Confession of Faith," by Rev. Dr. Hillis, an ordained Presbyterian clergyman, who is pastor of Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, a Congregationalist body. He was called to account by the Chicago Presbytery, of which he was a member, and promptly resigned his membership in the Presbytery. Following this incident the Presbytery of Nassau, N. Y., and the Presbytery of Utica, N. Y., are said to have addressed a petition to the General Assembly—the highest legislative body of the denomination in the United States—asking it to "formulate a short and simple creed that would unite and not divide." The presbytery of Boston, Mass., at its meeting on April 18, also passed a resolution instructing its delegates to the General Assembly to request that body "to appoint a committee to undertake the work of restating the confession of faith of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in the language of to-day.

May 3, 1900

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