Andrew Hoffecker stresses the fundamental significanceof Charles Hodge's lifelong adherence to his pietist-confessional upbringing, a determination reinforced byhis formative time in Europe as a young man. TreatingHodge's life thematically, as the author does, draws outthe many-sidedness of his career - as Christian believer,educator, theologian, churchman, evangelical statesman, and controversialist. Those who may associate Hodge onlywith his Systematic Theology (great work though that is)are in for a surprise!
Charles Hodge (1797 1878) is regarded by many as the most significant American theologian of the nineteenth century. He drove forward the rapid growth of theological education and contributed to Presbyterianism's wide-ranging influence in public life. His advocacy of a Reformed orthodoxy combined with evangelical piety attracted a broad following within Old School Presbyterianism that spilled over into American evangelicalism as a whole. Hodge helped to define a distinctive ministerial model the pastor-scholar and his fingerprints can be seen all over the Reformed Christian scene of today.
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