Paul Kennedy Capetz Case

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Presbyterian Controversies Present and Past: the Case of the Reinstatement of Paul Capetz in Light of Never-ending Conflict in the Presbyterian Church by Heidi Vardeman May 2010 CH 462: Introduction to American Religious Histories Dr. John Gustav-Wrathall Prologue On January 26, 2008, Paul E. Capetz, associate professor of historical theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, stood before the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area seeking reinstatement as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. Eight years previously he had asked this same presbytery to “set aside his ordination” as a minister when the denomination, after a bitter and painfully divisive process, barred people who are gay and lesbian from serving as ministers. Capetz is a gay man. He felt that he could not in good conscience continue to hold his office and retain his integrity as a minister and human being. In the years between Capetz’ two requests, while strident…show more content…
Some date the Second Great Awakening from the revival in Cane Ridge, Kentucky, which started in August 1801. Others date it from October 1825 when Charles G. Finney started a revival near Utica, New York, in a region which eventually came to be known as “the burned over region,” because it was beset by so many heated revivals. The theological issues at stake nearly identical to those that had brought about the schism of 1741: charges of Arminiansim, the process of conversion, salvation, predestination, election and limited atonement. There were also the associated issues of social reform (most notably abolitionism), church order, decorum in worship and the role of
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