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The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity
     

The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity

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by W. Bradford Littlejohn
 

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In the mid-nineteenth century, Reformed churchmen John Nevin and Philip Schaff launched a fierce attack on the reigning subjectivist and rationalist Protestantism of their day, giving birth to what is known as the "Mercersburg Theology." Their attempt to recover a high doctrine of the sacraments and the visible Church, among other things, led them into bitter

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In the mid-nineteenth century, Reformed churchmen John Nevin and Philip Schaff launched a fierce attack on the reigning subjectivist and rationalist Protestantism of their day, giving birth to what is known as the "Mercersburg Theology." Their attempt to recover a high doctrine of the sacraments and the visible Church, among other things, led them into bitter controversy with Charles Hodge of Princeton Seminary, as well as several other prominent contemporaries. This book examines the contours of the disagreement between Mercersburg and and Hodge, focusing on four loci in particular-Christology, ecclesiology, sacramentology, and church history. W. Bradford Littlejohn argues that, despite certain weaknesses in their theological method, the Mercersburg men offered a more robust and historically grounded paradigm for the Reformed faith than did Hodge. In the second part of the book, Littlejohn explores the value of the Mercersburg Theology as a bridgehead for ecumenical dialogue, uncovering parallels between Nevin's thought and prominent themes in Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox theology, as well as recent debates within Reformed theology. This thorough study of one of the most creative movements in American theology offers an alluring vision of the question for Reformed catholicity that is more relevant today than ever.

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ISBN-13:
9781606082416
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

W. Bradford Littlejohn (BA, MA, New St. Andrews College) is pursuing graduate studies in Reformation political theology at the University of Edinburgh, where he lives with his wife Rachel and son Soren. This is his first book.

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The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KreaderFL More than 1 year ago
Good study for those who have an interest in historical theology. Be ready for a bit of critical reading. The books discusses the Protestant Reformers' views on the Lord's Supper, beginning with John Calvin, then the earlier Reformed Confessions of Faith. The reader will have to decide for himself whether modern Presbyterianism has "kept the faith."