The General Synod of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland was only created as recently as 1910 but it represents a liberal theological tradition that runs through Irish history back to the origins of Presbyterianism. Surprisingly there is no generally available history of this small but significant denomination. Over the summer of 2017 I was asked to deliver a series of addresses on this history, I have now put these together on a new website which is intended to give an outline history of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland (NSPCI) in five chapters.
Ballee Pulpit Fall featuring the logo and motto of the Church
The site is broken down into:
The First Subscription Controversy [of the 1720s]
The Second Subscription Controversy [of the 1820s]
The Dissenters’ Chapels Act [of 1844]
Division and Controversy [the second half of the nineteenth century]
Consolidation [the reunification of the different Non-Subscribing elements in 1910]
It is an interesting and valuable history and one that is increasingly overlooked or misunderstood even by those who are involved in the NSPCI. But I hope this website will go some way to providing an accessible way of learning about this history both for those who are familiar with something of the story and for newcomers. I hope also to make it a useful database for images connected with NSPCI history.
The site can be found here: