Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy by Paul C. Gutjahr

By Paul C. Gutjahr

Charles Hodge (1797-1878) was once certainly one of nineteenth-century America's top theologians, owing partially to a long educating profession, voluminous writings, and a college submit at one of many nation's such a lot influential faculties, Princeton Theological Seminary. strangely, the single biography of this towering determine used to be written by way of his son, simply years after his loss of life. Paul C. Gutjahr's ebook is the 1st glossy serious biography of a guy a few have referred to as the "Pope of Presbyterianism."

Hodge's legacy is mainly very important to American Presbyterians. His model of theological conservatism turned important within the Nineteen Twenties, as Princeton Seminary observed itself, and its denomination, break up. The conservative wing held unswervingly to the old-fashioned culture championed by means of Hodge, and finally based the breakaway Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

The perspectives that Hodge built, subtle, and propagated contributed to shaping a number of the critical traditions of 20th- and twenty-first-century American evangelicalism. Hodge helped identify a profound reliance at the Bible between Evangelicals, and he turned one of many nation's so much vocal proponents of biblical inerrancy. Gutjahr's learn finds the outstanding intensity, breadth, and toughness of Hodge's theological effect and illuminates the numerous and complicated nature of conservative American Protestantism.

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