Auburn Affirmation
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The Auburn Affirmation was a document created by Presbyterian ministers in the wake of the fundamentalist controversy. At the time, the General Assembly mandated that all candidates seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. must affirm the Five Point Deliverance: the inerrancy of Scriptures, the virgin birth, the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, the bodily resurrection of Christ, and the authenticity of Christ’s miracles. The Auburn Affirmation was a liberal protest against enforcing the five points for ordination, instead desiring more theological liberty within the church. When it was reissued in May 1924, 1,274 ministers had signed the document.

The acceptance of the Auburn Affirmation led many Presbyterian traditionalists to form the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1936.

The legacy of the Auburn Affirmation lies in the promotion of religious liberty and diversity for Presbyterians.
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Auburn Theological Seminary, which the Auburn Affirmation was named after- Hathi Trust- from Auburn Seminary Record, vol 6 (1911)

Robert Hastings Nichols, who drafted the Auburn Affirmation- Hathi Trust- from Auburn Seminary Record, vol 9 (1913)
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Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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