According to the Scriptures, the Body of Christ is to be ruled by a plurality of elders elected by and accountable to the people of each congregation. One of the most complete treatises ever written on the Presbyterian system of church government, this book details the historical basis and scriptural qualifications for the office of ruling elder.
Samuel Miller was born in Dover, Delaware on October 31, 1769. His father was the Rev. John Miller (1722-1791). Miller attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1789. He earned his license to preach in 1791, and the university awarded him a Doctorate of Divinity degree (D.D.) in 1804. From 1813 to 1849, he served as Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government at Princeton Theological Seminary, and was also integral in founding the institution. Throughout his career, Miller participated in many of the controversies that took place within the Presbyterian Church, including that which resulted in its division into New and Old Schools. He also published several theological and polemical works, including Letters on Unitarianism (1821), Infant Baptism: Scriptural and Reasonable (1835), and Thoughts on Public Prayer (1849). Miller died in Princeton, New Jersey on January 7, 1850.