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A. A. Hodge

1823-1886

Popular Lectures on Theological Themes

American Presbyterian Theologian

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Archibald Alexander Hodge (1823-1886) was the third principal of Princeton Theological Seminary, succeeding his father, Charles Hodge, in that position. He was named after Archibald Alexander, the first principal and first professor of the seminary. B. B. Warfield succeeded A. A. Hodge as principal.

  • Archibald Alexander (1812–1840)
  • Charles Hodge (1851–1878)
  • Archibald Alexander Hodge (1878–1886)
  • B. B. Warfield (1887–1902)

These four theologians, certainly among the best America ever produced, represented the final great defense of Calvinistic orthodoxy within Princeton Seminary. The primary battle was over the Higher Critical approach to the Bible developed in Germany in the early 1800s. This new thrust in biblical scholarship denied the Mosaic authorship of the Penteteuch, the unity of Isaiah, and considered the Scriptures to contain many errors. The controversy eventually led to the reorganization of Princeton Seminary after a fierce denominational battle within the Presbyterian Church from 1926 to 1929. As a result, several conservatives remaining on the Princeton faculty, including J. Greshham Machen and Cornelius Van Til, left the seminary and founded Westminster Theological Seminary.

These papers is taken from Popular Lectures on Theological Themes (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publications and Sabbath-School Work, 1887). According to the preface,

"The Lectures which compose this volume originated in the request of a number of ladies in Princeton [New Jersey] to be formed into a class for instruction in theological subjects....In the fall of 1885 a few ladies in Philadelphia proposed that the Lectures should be repeated to a similar class in that city. Large audiences of both men and women were attracted to hear them, and the reports published in Presbyterian and Presbyterian Journal awakened a desire for their repetition elsewhere."

Therefore, although A. A. Hodge was a theologian of the highest order, he wrote here, not for seminary students, but for anyone who wishes to learn about theology and the great doctrines of the Bible.

Prayer and the Prayer-Cure

All who wish a more fruitful and faithful "prayer time" will find this lecture most instructive and encouraging.

The Scripture Doctrine of Divine Providence

It is critical to the happiness of every Christian to have a thorough and solid grasp of Divine Providence. This article by A. A. Hodge is a great place to start.

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