Lifters and ANTILIFTERS, a name given about the opening of the 18th century to the congregations at Killmarnock, in the west of Scotland, who, according to Sir John Sinclair, differed on the paltry question whether it was necessary for the minister to lift in his hand the plate of bread before its distribution in the Lord's Supper, the Lifters holding this to be essential, the others regarding it as a matter of no moment. They were also called New Lights, and the others Old Lights, terms that have been applied in other cases somewhat similar. — Gregoire, Hist. 1:61; quoted from Sinclair, Works, 1:375-6; Williams, Religious Encyclop. s.v.

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