Systematic Theology

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ISBN 9780851514536






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Jul 1, 1985


‘R.L. Dabney was the most conspicuous figure and the leading theological guide of the Southern Presbyterian Church, the most prolific theological writer that Church has as yet produced, and for a period of over forty years one of the most distinguished and probably the most impressive teacher of its candidates for the ministry. As a preacher, as a teacher and as a writer equally he achieved greatness, and in the counsels of the State and of the Church alike he was a factor of importance. In the wider theological history of the country and of the epoch he finds a worthy place as one of the younger members of a remarkable company of theologians to whose lot it fell to reassert and reorganize the historical faith of the Reformed Churches in the face of the theological ferment which marked the earlier years of the Nineteenth Century.’– B.B. WARFIELD

‘Hodge gives an excellent, general statement of the Reformed Faith, yet Dabney adds something beyond the general treatment of most subjects. When his method of teaching is recalled, of sending his students to the standard texts on theology (including Hodge), and then adding his own observations on each doctrine in the class from which his “Theology” was derived, it is to be expected that his work would have a certain freshness to it, and this is just what is found. He begot in his men something akin to his own vigor and strength, his love of truth and of God.’– Morton H. Smith

Book Description

Although the Southern Presbyterian Church of the last century produced many volumes of enduring spiritual importance, it was only this work which came ‘nearest to a complete text of Systematic Theology’. For its preparation Robert L. Dabney, ‘the best teacher of theology in the United States, if not in the world’ (A.A. Hodge), was certainly suited. While his exposition and vindication of credal Christianity is akin to that of other reformed authors, he has a literary force and ability to stimulate thought which is distinctive. In his concern to see the truth understood and lived, in his wrestling with hard points and his mastery of detail, Dabney is second-to-none. The fact that his Systematic Theology, first published in 1871, is now in its ninth edition is proof in itself that the volume is not superfluous.

His biographer, Thomas Cary Johnson, wrote of him: ‘He believed that “feeling s the temperature of thought” and was not ashamed to be seen to feel for the truth. Hence the truth he taught burnt in on the student, and made an indelible impression. He begot in is men something akin to his own vigor and strength, his love of truth and of God’.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

1  Preface: and Existence of God 5
2  Existence of God, (continued) 15
3  Evolution 26
4  Divine Attributes 38
5  Divine Attributes, (continued) 46
6  Materialism 55
7  Immortality of the Soul and Dejects of Natural Religion 64
8  Sources of our Thinking 78
9  Sources of our Thinking, (continued) 94
10  Ethical Theories (continued) 110
11  Free Agency and the Will 119
12  Responsibility and Province of Reason 133
13  Revealed Theology God and His Attributes 144
14  Divine Attributes, (continued) 154
15  God’s Moral Attributes 164
16  The Trinity 174
17  Divinity of Christ, 182
18  Divinity of the Holy Ghost and of the Son 193
19  Personal Distinctions in the Trinity 202
20  Decrees of God 211
21  Predestination 223
22  Predestination, (concluded) 235
23  Creation 247
 Appendix – Geologic Theories and Chronology 256
24  Angels 264
25  Providence 276
26   Man’s Estate of Holiness, and the Covenant of Works 292
27  The Fall, and Original Sin 306
28  Original Sin, (continued) 321
29   Original Sin, (concluded) 332
30  The Decalogue 351
31  The First Table – (1st, 2nd and 3rd Commandments) 358
32  First Table – (4th Commandment) 366
33  Second Table – (5th and 6th Commandments) 398
34  Second Table – (7th and 8th Commandments) 406
35  Second Table – (9th and 10th Commandments) 419
36  The Covenant of Grace 429
37  Covenant of Grace, (continued) 440
38  Covenant of Grace, (concluded) 452
39  Mediator of the Covenant of Grace 464
40  Mediator, (continued) 477
41  Mediator, (concluded) 485
42  Nature of Christ’s Sacrifice 500
43  Nature of Christ’s Sacrifice, (continued) 515
44  Results of Christ’s Sacrifice, as to God’s Glory and other Worlds 536
45  Christ’s Humiliation and Exaltation 546
46  Effectual Calling 553
47  Effectual Calling, (continued) 560
48  Arminian Theory of Redemption 579
49  Arminian Theory of Redemption, (continued) 859
50  Faith 600
51  Union to Christ 612
52   Justification 618
53   Justification, (continued) 628
54   Justification, (concluded) 640
55  Repentance 651
56  Sanctification, and Good Works 660
57  Sanctification, and Good Works, (continued) 674
58  Perseverance of the Saints 687
59  Assurance of Grace and Salvation: 698
60  Prayer 713
61  The Sacraments 726
62  The Sacraments, (continued) 737
 Appendix – Apostolic Succession and Sacramental Grace shown to be a Blunder 748
63  Baptism 758
64  Baptism – the mode 768
65  Subjects of Baptism 777
66  Subjects of Baptism, (concluded) 789
67  The Lord’s Supper 800
68  The Lord’s Supper, (concluded) 809
69  Death of Believers 817
70  The Resurrection 829
71  General Judgment and Eternal Life 842
72  Nature and Duration of Hell – Torments 852
73  The Civil Magistrate 862
74  Religious Liberty and Church and State 873




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