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Charles HodgeGuardian of American Orthodoxy$
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Paul C. Gutjahr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.001.0001

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The Systematic Theology

The Systematic Theology

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(p.347) 54 The Systematic Theology
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Charles Hodge
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.003.0054

Chapter fifty-four examines the crowning achievement of Hodge’s publishing career, his three-volume Systematic Theology. Rather than simply compile and edit his theological writings of the past half century, Hodge took the opportunity to write his Systematic as an organic whole. Certain new stresses appear in the volumes. He emphasized Baconian scientific method and the role of the intellect in theological study to a degree that had not been the case in his theological lectures. He used his Systematic to argue for the importance of the intellect (over the emotions) in theological study, and he made his volumes and apologetic for God’s goodness and benevolent work in the world, even after the devastating events of the Civil War.

Keywords:   Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, Lyman Atwater, Henry Boynton Smith, theology, anthropology, soteriology, sschatology, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Minor Raymond, Civil War, Henry Ward Beecher, August Tholuck, Francis Bacon, Scientific Method, Theological Method, Westminster Confession, Isaak Dorner

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