WARFIELD, BENJAMIN BRECKENRIDGE (1851–1921)
American Presbyterian theologian and educator
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Warfield graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) in 1871 and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1876. He spent a year in postgraduate study at Leipzig University (1876–1877) and then became assistant minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Baltimore, Maryland (1877–1878). In 1878 he was appointed instructor in New Testament Language and Literature at Western Theological Seminary, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, being promoted to a full professorship in 1879. In 1887 he succeeded A. Hodge as professor of didactic and polemical theology at Princeton Seminary, a position he retained until his death. He was chief editor of the quarterly Presbyterian and Reformed Review from 1890 to 1902, and a frequent contributor to its successor, the Princeton Theological Review. Theologically, Warfield held to the doctrines of biblical inerrancy (which he defended against such opponents as C. A. Briggs and Henry P. Smith), original sin, predestination, and limited atonement; and since he found these doctrines clearly set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith, he honored it as “the final crystallization of the very essence of evangelical religion.” During his lifetime he published twenty volumes of sermons, lectures, doctrinal treatises, reviews, and critical essays on contemporary theological issues, and under the terms of his will, ten volumes of his most important articles were posthumously collected and published—for example, Revelation and Inspiration (1927), Calvin and Calvinism (1931), Perfectionism (1931–1932), and The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible (1948). N.V.Hope
J. D. Douglas, Philip Wesley Comfort and Donald Mitchell, Who's Who in Christian History, Illustrated Lining Papers. (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 1997, c1992).
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Who’s Who in Christian History
Author: Douglas, J. D.; Comfort, Philip Wesley.; Mitchell, Donald
Publisher: Tyndale House |
Publication Date: 1997, c1992.
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