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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Congregationalism  \Con`gre*ga"tion*al*ism\,  n. 
  1.  That  system  of  church  organization  which  vests  all 
  ecclesiastical  power  in  the  assembled  brotherhood  of  each 
  local  church. 
 
  2.  The  faith  and  polity  of  the  Congregational  churches,  taken 
  collectively. 
 
  Note:  In  this  sense  (which  is  its  usual  signification) 
  Congregationalism  is  the  system  of  faith  and  practice 
  common  to  a  large  body  of  evangelical  Trinitarian 
  churches,  which  recognize  the  local  brotherhood  of  each 
  church  as  independent  of  all  dictation  in 
  ecclesiastical  matters,  but  are  united  in  fellowship 
  and  joint  action  as  in  councils  for  mutual  advice,  and 
  in  consociations,  conferences,  missionary 
  organizations,  etc.,  and  to  whose  membership  the 
  designation  ``Congregationalists''  is  generally 
  restricted;  but  Unitarian  and  other  churches  are 
  Congregational  in  their  polity. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Congregationalism 
  n  :  system  of  beliefs  and  church  government  of  a  Protestant 
  denomination  in  which  each  member  church  is 
  self-governing  [syn:  {Congregationalism}] 




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