Pleading for a Reformation Vision

The Life and Selected Writings of William Childs Robinson

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Weight 0.53 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.3 × 3.2 cm
ISBN 9781848713567





20th century, Pastoral Biography, Pastoral Theology/Pastoral Helps



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01 Nov, 2011

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‘I have often said that Dr. William Childs Robinson was the greatest scholar I had the privilege of studying under. I believe that I took every elective that he offered and would say that his theological influence on my thinking was greater than that of any other teacher. I have quoted him more than probably all of other professors combined.’– D. JAMES KENNEDY

‘Dr. Robinson lived in the presence of the living God. He honored his convictions against the pressures of the time and the lure of career ambitions…Even though his work was against the times, this very fact is perhaps the best reason for taking his work seriously. It is likely that his work as a churchman and teacher of ministers was more lasting that can now be estimated. In any case, the final judgment, as he knew so well, belongs to God. Few of Robinson’s critics have been able to match his brilliance, his diligent churchmanship and scholarship, his commitment to the faith and to participation in the organized life of the church.’– JOHN H. LEITH

‘William Childs Robinson was a key figure in the history of Presbyterianism in the South, and in the whole country. When the struggle in the Southern Presbyterian Church was at its height, Dr. Robinson was right there. If you asked the “founding fathers” of the Presbyterian Church in America, they would all point to him as the stalwart of the faith in this critical days.’– O. PALMER ROBERTSON

‘As an exponent and a champion of the Reformed faith, William Childs Robinson sought to sound again and again the vital affirmations of the Protestant Reformation. He has emphasized always the authority of the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. For him the fact of the sovereignty of God was central, and he constantly taught and preached the doctrine of justification by faith.’– J. MCDOWELL RICHARDS

Book Description

A minister of the Presbyterian Church in the United States for more than sixty years, William Childs Robinson’s career spanned the great events of twentieth-century history from the Great Depression to the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. These were difficult years for America and for Protestant Christianity in America. In this book, David Calhoun tells of how Robinson tirelessly laboured to arrest the Southern Presbyterian Church’s slide toward a liberal theological position and preserve the old Calvinism that had marked the church from its beginning. In seminary classrooms, in pulpits across the South and beyond, and in the courts of the church, Robinson’s voice was heard “pleading for a Reformation vision” based on faithfulness to Scripture and supported by the testimony of Reformers, English Puritans and Scottish Covenanters.

There then follows a selection of twenty-three articles from Robinson’s pen which show something of the breadth and depth of Robinson’s vision. In them one sees a man who exercised an all-round ministry as evangelist, pastor, church historian, and theologian, equally at ease writing on such diverse subjects as “The Saviour of Sinners”, “Under His Wings”, “The Theological Emphases of the Old Columbia Seminary”, and “The Trinity: God in Action”. Though unsuccessful in halting the church’s decline into theological liberalism, Robinson’s long years of ministry influenced successive generations of students and ministers, many of whom preserve his legacy by pleading for the same “Reformation vision”.


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  1. Ben House

    I am currently reading two Banner of Truth books. One is about an extremely well known pastor and writer, John MacArthur. The other is about someone as obscure as MacArthur is well known. I refer to the book Pleading for a Reformation Vision: The Life and Selected Writings of William Childs Robinson, 1897-1982 by David Calhoun. Calhoun has written 3 outstanding volumes on Presbyterian history. Two volumes were devoted to Princeton Theological Seminary and a more recent volume focused on the Southern seminary, Columbia Seminary. One of the later teachers at Columbia Seminary was William Childs Robinson. Calvinism went underground for a time in American history. Those who held to the Reformed Faith in all its particulars were marginalized or in most cases buried and forgotten. But during the years when Calvinism was less well known and less often proclaimed, there were those who held on, taught others, pored over Scripture and the old theological studies, and taught others. William Childs Robinson was one such man. This is an encouraging study about a great, but little known, warrior for the faith.

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