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Princeton Seminary, Vol. 2: The Majestic Testimony, 1869-1929 Hardcover – December 1, 1996
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of the history of Princeton Seminary from its founding in 1812 to the year of 1868, a time in which the school was orthodox, Evangelical and scholarly. Mr. Calhoun's study is also both warm and scholarly. I purchased and read my copy in the spring of 2002. I am still searching for the second volume of the series, The Majestic Testimony 1869-1929. It was in 1929 that
the most conservative faculty members withdrew from the seminary
(founding Westminster Seminary) and that Princeton Seminary began a more distinctly liberal pattern. I am not a member of the Reformed-Presbyterian tradition that is exemplified in this volume, but I appreciate much about it and appreciate the scholarly, readable volume of history and biography that this volume presents.
Beginning where he left off, Calhoun takes up the story from the 1860's and brings it down to the reorganization of Princeton in 1929. Through twenty-two chapters Calhoun traces the development of the seminary (and Princeton College to some extent, as well), both in external growth and in the academic, spiritual, and theological areas. Major attention is given to the mature career of Charles Hodge at Princeton, including not only his theological position and contributions, but also the impact he had and the respect he enjoyed, culminating in the unprecedented tribute paid him by all the academic world on the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary at Princeton in 1872.
The chapters progress through the careers of the other great professors, including such men as Archibald Alexander Hodge, William Henry Green, Robert Dick Wilson, Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, and John Gresham Machen. Along with these most well-known representatives of the Old Princeton the other professors are discussed and their contributions noted. The book traces not only the lives and contributions of these distinguished faculty, but also provides much enlightening information about the spiritual life and accomplishments of the seminary--its students and graduates. Princeton had a tremendous evangelistic and missionary emphasis and outreach which is not often appreciated. The spiritual atmosphere of the school was fostered and maintained.Read more ›
'We have had, of later years, no abler theologians than the Hodges, and we fear it will be many a day before we see their like...We value every morsel about the Princeton worthies; may their influence long endure. The modern school thinks us fools, but certainly we were taught by wise men...Finer minds than those of the Princeton tutors have seldom dwelt among the sons of men.' Charles Haddon Spurgeon, quoted on p 46
Whereas the Reformation had rightly saved Christian doctrine from the perversions of Roman Catholicism, Old Princeton had a long battle ahead for the preservation of the Bible as the God-sanctioned Word. The task would require exacting semantics and accomplished linguists to overturn the kinds of teachings cloaked in liberal theologies that threatened to eclipse Reformed theology, and which actually repudiated, contradicted, or compromised the central motifs of the Bible. Of equal importance were the autonomous radical claims borne in the minds of Darwin, Nietzsche and Voltaire.Read more ›