The Mercersburg Society

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The Mercersburg Society was founded in 1983 to uphold the concept of the Church as the Body of Christ, Evangelical, Reformed, Catholic, Apostolic, organic, developmental, and connectional. The Society works to provide opportunities for fellowship and study for persons interested in Mercersburg Theology, to sponsor convocations, to engage in publication of articles and books, and to stimulate research and correspondence among scholars on topics of theology, liturgy, the sacraments, and ecumenism.

The Society’s Corporate Board meets on an annual basis at the opening of the Mercersburg Convocation to review the work of the Society and to offer direction and input to the Executive Committee on its ongoing work. The Executive Committee meets two to three times a year to conduct the business of the Society.

Philip Schaff has been described as a mediating theologian who was able to bring reconciliation and cooperation across many sources of division. Perhaps that is his greatest and most important legacy for today’s Christians. We must work together — we simply don’t have the Leisure in our post-modern, post-Christian society to indulge in some of the battles that have plagued American Christianity in the past. Schaff would never accept an apathetic, indifferent, theologically vapid unity, but he would insist on working together, despite deeply held differences, in the proclamation of the Gospel and the work of the Kingdom.

— Stephen R. Graham, “The Protestant Principle and the Catholic Substance,” New Mercersburg Review No. XXVVII,100-101.

Like Barth, John Nevin maintained that there is no dimension of the Christian faith — Trinity, heaven, angels, final judgment, etc. — that we have not tasted in Christ. These are not abstractions or theories for the mind alone, but the realities in which we live, move, and have our being. The Scriptures, Nevin said, are not a system of abstractions for the understanding, but a self-evidencing system of [supernatural] realities, which as the order of nature are to be first apprehended experimentally in the interior life of the soul, and afterwards drawn forth and defined to the eye of the understanding.

— William DiPuccio, The Interior Sense of Scripture, 18-19.