This book reintroduces the great men of Princeton Seminary's early days, together with some of their most important writings. While commemorating the legacy of Old Princeton, this book will provide biographical overviews of more widely-known figures like Charles Hodge and Archibald Alexander, and lesser-known ones like Samuel Miller, James Waddel Alexander, Joseph Addison Alexander, and Archibald Alexander Hodge. It will also give overviews of selected pieces of their writings.
As a sweeping introduction to Old Princeton, this book will invite further exploration, providing readers with bibliographical material to help with additional reading and research. The lists and timelines provided will make this book a handy reference work as well.
Princeton Theological Seminary recently celebrated its bicentennial. Many of the key ideas of the modern era, and Christian responses to them, were formulated between the time of its founding and the early twentieth centurythis is the Old Princeton era. Gary Steward introduces us to the great men of the seminarys early days, together with some of their most important writings. While commemorating the legacy of Old Princeton, this book also places the seminary in its historical and theological contexts. Steward provides biographical overviews of the widely known figures Charles Hodge and Archibald Alexander and of the lesser-known figures Samuel Miller, James Waddel Alexander, Joseph Addison Alexander, and Archibald Alexander Hodge, and he also reviews selected writings from these great men. Not only does he provide a sweeping introduction to Old Princeton, but this book invites further exploration by providing bibliographical material for additional reading and research. The books lists and timelines further help to make it a useful reference volume.
Gary Steward (MDiv, PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary) served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, from 2004 to 2011 and is currently assistant professor of history at Colorado Christian University.
"Gary Steward is to be commended for providing an intelligent and edifying introduction to the theology and leaders of Old Princeton. Part biography and part doctrinal exploration, this volume can be used profitably both by those familiar with the Alexanders and Hodges and by those meeting them for the first time. The tone is warm and balanced, the content rich and accessible, the historical work careful and illuminating. I hope that pastors, students, and anyone interested in good theology and heartfelt piety will take a few classes at Old Princeton. This book is a tremendous resource toward that end."
"Gary Steward's warm-hearted and sure-footed guide to the warriors and writings of old Princeton Seminary is a delight, and the best short introduction to their story for those setting out to discover this often unappreciated treasure trove. I will certainly be setting it as essential reading for my students. May it help to continue the renaissance of interest in these influential figures of Christian history and the gospel they served."
Im engaged from the start and its hard to stop reading. Gary Steward tells the Old Princeton story as if an eyewitness. His thesis is that Old Princetons dual emphasis on academic erudition and lively spiritual devotion yielded for Christs church generations of theologically trained and spiritually devout pastors. Each chapter engages with another Old Princeton giant, and Steward amply and convincingly demonstrates the veracity of his thesis. Without saying it in preachy terms the inescapable message of the book is for theological seminaries to likewise stand like a bulwark for biblical fidelity, revival piety, evangelical activism and the confessional Calvinism of the WCF.
An entrée to the major figures of Old Princeton. It is an entrée, therefore, into the greatest tradition of Reformed theology in America, one that was deep, true, vital, and rigorous. This study is a gift to the Church. It is informative, careful, and engagingly written.
Whether you need an introduction to or a refresher on old Princeton, this is the book. Steward has provided an even-handed and informative treatment of the leading names associated with nineteenth century Princeton Seminary. Alternating between biographical and topical treatments, Steward skillfully utilized primary source material to craft a fluid narrative that leaves one wanting to know more of old Princeton. Timelines, bibliographies, and photographs make this a wonderful addition to Princeton history for the Church and beyond. Regardless of your ecclesiastical affiliation, this is useful for your soul and mind.
"The quality and achievement of Princeton Seminary's leaders for its first hundred years was outstanding, and Steward tells their story well. Reading this book does the heart good."
Whereas David Calhouns magisterial history of Princeton Seminary awakened this generation to its doctrinal and experiential treasures; and while many recent works on Old Princeton have exhilarated us with their account of its inspiring ministerial and ecclesiastical example; Gary Stewards Guided Tour of Old Princeton fills the gap for a much-needed compact, yet thorough spiritual-guide to this glorious era. May every student and minister begin their study of Old Princeton right here!
It is well-known that one of the soundest schools of Christian theology in the nineteenth century was what has come to be called "Old Princeton"; the school was a veritable "Gibraltar" of the Faith is the way that one author has put it. Regretfully, the opinion has also gained credence, especially among Evangelicals, that this was the sum and substance of the Princeton school and that they were especially deficient when it came to a robust piety. But nothing could be further from the truth as this new overview by Gary Steward helpfully demonstrates. I am also thrilled by this book since it delineates a vital strand of the spiritual roots of my school, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, for it was at Princeton that James Petigru Boyce and Basil Manly, Jr., two of the founders of Southern, learned a Christian Faith that was both solid in divinity and red-hot in spirituality.
"Gary Steward has produced a wonderfully clear and instructive volume on Old Princeton, from its beginnings with William Tennent's Log Cabin through to B. B. Warfield. The thought, aims, achievements and Christian piety of its leaders - Archibald Alexander, Samuel Miller, Charles Hodge and their successors - are expounded with sympathy and learning. This book will benefit anyone interested in ministerial training or in the venerable history of Old Princeton."
This latest addition to the Guided Tour series is a fine study of the men who made Princeton Theological Seminary such a significant force within the world of confessional Presbyterianism and beyond. Setting the stories of the institution and its great early faculty within the larger context of American Presbyterian and Christian history, Gary Steward introduces the reader not only to the great personalities of Princeton but also to key texts from their pens. He not only opens up the history but also the thinking of these men as they sought to articulate a passionate, heartfelt orthodoxy.
Steward provides a most helpful introduction to one of the most significant and interesting institutions in American Christianity. Princeton powerfully shaped American Christianity, bolstering especially its enduring conservatism. This is an excellent resource for students, pastors, and all who want to understand the course and character of Christianity in America.
I warmly recommend this spiritually edifying book by Gary Steward. This is no dry, historical work about a seminary and its professors in which the author looks back nostalgically on a bygone age of theological giants. On the contrary, here is a book to challenge and encourage every believer and especially ministerial students and their teachers. The book is a pleasure to read: its subject matter is informative and witnesses to Garys grasp of the issues raised; its style is fresh and readable; and its aim is to show the importance of scholarly, theologically orthodox ministerial training that is wedded to a piety that is biblical, experiential, practical and pastorally sensitive.
The giants of Old Princeton, marked by that marvelous combination of learning and piety, have left an impact for the gospel of Christ that only eternity will be able to measure. Their story is one that deserves to be retold, and we are indebted to Gary Steward for capturing its essence and telling it so well. For anyone interested in Old Princeton, this is a must read.
Gary Steward has highlighted elements of the old Princeton theological tradition that should be of paramount concern to present-day evangelicals in general and Southern Baptists in particular. Seeing that both Basil Manly Junior and JP Boyce studied with this group of theologians we can detect in our own heritage of theological education, as well as recent efforts to recover this vision, the very values to which Steward gives such clear and forceful exposition. Doctrine, preaching, piety, and defense of the faith once delivered to the saints was central to their understanding of the calling to be ministers of the Gospel. This book will put a new resolution into all of us to be faithful to that deposit of truth that is committed to us.
Gary Steward is a careful and trustworthy historian. He excels at retrieving wisdom from the past for the edification of Gods people today. In this accessible introduction, Steward writes as an unashamed admirer of the Old Princeton theologians, commending the way in which they holistically integrated what so many tend to separate. This is a wise and winsome entry point for study of a neglected but important chapter in church history!
Gary Stewards Princeton Seminary (1812-1929): Its Leaders Lives and Works contributes significantly to the renaissance of interest in Old Princeton. The sustained combination of scholarship and piety for over a century serves as Stewards leitmotif. What emerges is the Princetonians breadth of vision that explored not only biblical and theological studies but all of life. Whether probing Archibald Alexander as the quintessential pastor, Charles Hodges editorship of the Princeton Review as the true voice of the seminary, James Alexanders call for a Novum Organum of Christian philanthropy or A. A. Hodges incisive wit and power of illustration, Stewards lucid portrayal will incite readers to explore more of Old Princeton.
Old Princeton justly haunts the conscience of contemporary Reformed and evangelical Christianity. Gary Steward has given us clear, helpful introduction to its history, figures, and piety. This book will encourages those new to the Princeton tradition to get to know the theology and piety of the Alexanders, Hodges, Warfield and Machen.
"Many have found in 'Old Princeton' Seminary an example of biblical faithfulness, sound theology, and missionary vision. Gary Steward has written an excellent introduction to 'Old Princeton,' telling the story of its major teachers from Alexander to Machen and describing some of their most important writings. Read this book. You will be informed and blessed, and you will want to learn more about 'Old Princeton.'"
I know of no other book that so brilliantly resurrects the theologians of Old Princeton for today's layman. Certainly Steward's engaging, accessible, and eloquent work is the new go-to book for the reader unacquainted with the giants of Old Princeton.