Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxyby Paul C. Gutjahr
Pub. Date: 03/02/2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Charles Hodge (1797-1878) was one of nineteenth-century America's leading theologians, owing in part to a lengthy teaching career, voluminous writings, and a faculty post at one of the nation's most influential schools, Princeton Theological Seminary. Surprisingly, the only biography of this towering figure was written by his son, just two years after his death.
Charles Hodge (1797-1878) was one of nineteenth-century America's leading theologians, owing in part to a lengthy teaching career, voluminous writings, and a faculty post at one of the nation's most influential schools, Princeton Theological Seminary. Surprisingly, the only biography of this towering figure was written by his son, just two years after his death. Paul C. Gutjahr's book is the first modern critical biography of a man some have called the "Pope of Presbyterianism."
Hodge's legacy is especially important to American Presbyterians. His brand of theological conservatism became vital in the 1920s, as Princeton Seminary saw itself, and its denomination, split. The conservative wing held unswervingly to the Old School tradition championed by Hodge, and ultimately founded the breakaway Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
The views that Hodge developed, refined, and propagated helped shape many of the central traditions of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American evangelicalism. Hodge helped establish a profound reliance on the Bible among Evangelicals, and he became one of the nation's most vocal proponents of biblical inerrancy. Gutjahr's study reveals the exceptional depth, breadth, and longevity of Hodge's theological influence and illuminates the varied and complex nature of conservative American Protestantism.
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Table of Contents
Key Events in Hodge's Life
Key Figures in Hodge's Life
Prologue - The Pope of Presbyterianism
Part I 1797-1810 - The Hodges of Philadelphia
1. Andrew Hodge, Family Patriarch
2. Presbyterian Heritage
3. Beauty and the Beast
Part II The 1810s - Student Years
4. The Beginnings of Self
5. Prince's Town
6. Witherspoon's Common Sense
7. "Classick Learning"
8. Enlisting under the Banner of King Jesus
9. Happy Jaunts and the "Man of Men"
10. "Give us ministers!"
11. Student Years at the Seminary
12. "Where am I to go?"
Part III The 1820s - Young Professor
13. "The Most Eligible Situation for Improvement"
14. New England's Theological Landscape
15. Democratic Christianity
16. The Birth of the Biblical Repertory
17. The Trip to Europe
18. "The Dirtiest, Ugliest, Gloomiest Town"
19. Berlin and the Return Home
20. A Sense of Mission
21. The Repertory Reborn
Part IV The 1830s - Crusader
22. The Imputation Controversy
24. Crippled in Body, But not in Mind
25. Hodge's Home: "Sunny, Genial, Kindly and Tolerant"
26. The Coming Storm
27. The Slavery Question
28. The Schism
29. The New School Fights Back
30. Writing History
Part V The 1840s - Professor of Theology
31. The Way of Life
32. Didactic Theology
33. Teaching and Preaching
34. The Public Face of the Seminary
35. Moderator of the General Assembly
36. "The Nonsensical Dialect of Transcendentalism"
37. Roman Catholic Baptism
38. Infection of German Idealism
39. "When the will of the wife is the other way"
40. "Covered in Gloom"
Part VI The 1850s - Inspired Churchman
41. College Trustee
42. Language and Feeling
43. The Inspiration of Scripture
44. "Graces of the Spirit"
45. The Battle against "Churchianity"
46. Thornwell and "Thus Saith the Lord"
47. The Pauline Commentaries
48. Politics and Conscience
Part VII The 1860s - Conflicted Unionist
49. The State of the Country and the Church
50. Hodge's Family at War
51. The Unities of Mankind
52. The Disunities of Mankind
53. Reuniting the Old and New Schools
Part VIII 1870s - Systematic Theologian and Scientist
54. The Systematic Theology
55. "The apex of my life"
56. Science and Darwinism
57. "O Death, Where is Thy Sting?"
Epilogue - Hodge's Legacy
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