Church-internal monitoring of whether the new Reformed confession was in fact being lived out in word and deed / Zurich Synod was made up solely of pastors 1528-1895, and served from 1528-1830 to publicly determine whether ministry and lifestyles met the expectations of the new ordinances / Calvinist function of the presbytery was to visit homes to monitor churchgoing, prayer, and singing of psalms, morals of individuals and families / those who passed received a token needed to receive Lord’s Supper / In Puritanism, this took on horrendous proportions of social control at times

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