Princeton theology was an attempt to maintain Calvinist theology and experience in America during the nineteenth and the opening of the twentieth centuries. Within the Princeton theology the subject of religious experience was as integral a part as any discussion of strictly doctrinal issues.
W. Andrew Hoffecker (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; PhD, Brown University) is Emeritus Professor of Church History at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson.
A scholarly and eminently readable . . . work [that] has effectively illuminated the various subjective elements of this school of theology, pointing to a religious vitality that has often gone unrecognized by critics of the Princeton theology. In so doing, the author has produced a work that is both instructive and well-written.
[Hoffecker] is successful in arguing his thesis that even though Princeton Seminary was committed to a theological position that required a great intellectual effort, it was equally committed to a theology that required the practice of Christian piety.
[Hoffecker] demonstrates quite successfully the error of modern theologians who have charged [Alexander, Hodge, and Warfield] as having separated Christian piety from their systematic understanding of the Christian Faith.
A unique volume. . . . The author has done thorough research and brought together the kind of information not readily accessible.
Must reading for anyone interested in contemporary Christianity in America.
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