Princeton Seminary

Volume 1: Faith & Learning, 1812 - 1868

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Weight 0.75 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.3 × 3.6 cm
ISBN 9780851516707








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May 1, 1994


‘This splendid, thoroughly researched, two-volume history of Princeton Seminary reads like a novel. It tells the story of one of the key institutions that shaped the transformation of post-colonial, adolescent America into a world power, and that for the first time made the Christian faith global, carrying it literally to the uttermost ends of the earth. Calhoun has ‘the gift’ , he makes historical characters spring to life. His story is more than the story of a theological seminary; it captures the essence of a whole century and a quarter (1812-1929) of the coming of age of America.’– SAMUEL HUGH MOFFET


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From modest beginnings in 1812, Princeton Seminary soon became an intellectual and theological school of great importance. Long before the death of its first professors its name was almost synonymous with erudite biblical exposition, carefully worked-out reformed theology and deep spirituality. Hundreds of ministers (Baptist as well as Presbyterian) and many outstanding missionaries passed through its lecture rooms, chapel services and communal fellowship to leave a permanent spiritual mark on the people whom they later served in the advance of the gospel. These
were men who believed that ‘preaching Christ is the best, hardest, sweetest work, on this side of beholding him.’ In this, the first of two volumes, we have the story with a wealth of detail and colour down to the year 1868. While the history of an institution, it is also a record of thought and action, trends and personalities. Backed by years of careful research, by his own long experience in the training of men for the ministry, David Calhoun has produced a work which must find a permanent place in the Christian literature of the English-speaking world.

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Foreword xv
Preface xix
1 Nassau Hall
2 The Seminary 25
3 Archibald Alexander 41
4 Samuel Miller 61
5 Faith and Energy 75
6 Charles Hodge 103
7 The Sabbath Afternoon Conference 125
8 The Concert for Prayer and the Society of Inquiry on Missions 137
9 School of the Prophets 161
10 The Seminary in the 1830s 189
11 The Old Doctrines of Calvinism 211
12 Our Beloved Zion 237
13 Old School Princeton 257
14 The Duty of Controversy 289
15 The Church and the Country 321
16 Two Great Lights 333
17 Our Elisha 351
18 Transitions 375
19 War and Peace 389
1 The Plan of a Theological Seminary 413
2 Bibliographical Note 431
3 Biographical Summaries of Faculty 435
Notes 441
The Index to both volumes of this work will be found at the end of Volume 2.


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  1. Chuck Klotz

    This is a phenomenal read. This should be required reading for any ministerial candidate.( It is my understanding when these volumes first came out a copy of it was made to 50 students at Princeton Seminary.) The book gives you almost a first hand impression of the lives of several of the founding fathers of the seminary and some of interaction with our some of the founding fathers of the nation, including George Washington. It rehearses the careful planning and solid ground given to the forming of the school. You won’t be disappointed with this read.

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    In this movingly told story we meet great spirituality, great scholars, great missionary vision and great consecration to Christ. Vol. 1—Faith and Learning 1812–68, 528pp.

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