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As to the first point, I have to say, that the conception and execution of this work originated in the experience of the need for some such manual of theological definitions and argumentation, in the immediate work of instructing the members of my own pastoral charge. The several chapters were in the first instance prepared and used in the same form in which they are now printed, as the basis of a lecture delivered otherwise extemporaneously to my congregation every Sabbath night. In this use of them, I found these preparations successful beyond my hopes. The congregation, as a whole, were induced to enter with interest upon the study even of the most abstruse questions. Having put this work thus to this practical test, I now offer it to my brethren in the ministry, that they may use it, if they will, as a repertory of digested material for the doctrinal instruction of their people, either in Bible classes, or by means of a congregational lecture. I offer it also as an attempt to supply an acknowledged public want, as a syllabus of theological study for the use of theological students generally, and for the use of those many laborious preachers of the gospel who cannot command the time, or who have not the opportunity, or other essential means, to study the more expensive and elaborate works from which the materials of this compend have been gathered.

Table of contents

1. Christian Theology; Its Several Branches; And Their Relation To Other Departments Of Human Knowledge
2. The Origin Of The Idea Of God And Proof Of His Existence
3. The Sources Of Theology
4. The Inspiration Of The Bible
5. The Scriptures Of The Old And New Testaments The Only Rule Of Faith And Judge Of Controversies
6. A Comparison Of Systems
7. Creeds And Confessions
8. The Attributes Of God
9. The Holy Trinity, Including The Divinity Of Christ, The Eternal Generation Of The Son, The Personality, Divinity, And Eternal Procession Of The Holy Ghost, And The Several Properties And Mutual Relations Of The Persons Of The Godhead
10. The Decrees Of God In General
11. Predestination
12. The Creation Of The World
13. Angels
14. Providence
15. The Moral Constitution Of The Soul Will, Conscience, Liberty, Etc.
16. Creation And Original State Of Man
17. The Covenant Of Works
18. The Nature Of Sin And The Sin Of Adam
19. Original Sin
20. Inability
21. The Imputation Of Adam’s S First Sin To His Posterity
22. The Covenant Of Grace
23. The Person Of Christ
24. The Meditatorial Office Of Christ
25. The Atonement:Its Nature, Necessity, Perfection, And Extent
26. The Intercession Of Christ
27. The Mediatorial Kingship Of Christ
28. Effectual Calling
29. Regeneration
30. Faith
31. Union Of Believers With Christ
32. Repentance, And The Romish Doctrine Of Penance
33. Justification
34. Adoption, And The Order Of Grace In The Application Of Redemption, In The Several Parts Of Justification, Regeneration, And Sanctification
35. Sanctification
36. Perseverance Of The Saints
37. Death, And The State Of The Soul After Death
38. The Resurrection
39. The Second Advent And General Judgment
40. Heaven And Hell
41. The Sacraments
42. Baptism
43. The Lord’s Supper

About A A Hodge

A. A. Hodge attended the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) and Princeton Theological Seminary, and, after spending three years (1847-1850) in India as a missionary, held pastorates at Lower West Nottingham, Maryland (1851-1855), Fredericksburg, Virginia (1855-1861), and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1861-1864). In 1864 he accepted a call to the chair of systematic theology in the Western Theological Seminary (later Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There he remained until in 1877 he was called to Princeton to be the associate of his father in the chair of systematic theology, to the full duties of which he succeeded in 1878. This post he retained till his death.

At the time of his death, Hodge was in the zenith of his powers. Every element that entered into his eminent reputation put on its best expression during the closing years of his life. He was public-spirited, and helped every good cause. He was a trustee of the College of New Jersey and a leading man in the Presbyterian Church. He was a man of wide interests and touched the religious world at many points. During the years immediately preceding his death he was writing, preaching, lecturing, making addresses, coming into contact with men, influencing them, and by doing so widening the influence of the Christianity.

Hodge's distinguishing characteristic as a theologian was his power as a thinker. He had a mind of singular acuteness, and though never a professed student of metaphysics, he was essentially and by nature a metaphysician. His theology was that of the Reformed confessions. He had no peculiar views and no peculiar method of organizing theological dogmas; and though he taught the same theology that his father had taught before him, he was independent as well as reverent.

His first book and that by which he is best known was his Outlines of Theology, which was translated into Welsh, modern Greek, and Hindustani. The Atonement is still one of the best treatises on the subject. This was followed by his commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith, a very useful book, full of clear thinking and compact statement. He contributed some important articles to encyclopedias – Johnson's, McClintock and Strong's, and the Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. He was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Review, to the pages of which he was a frequent contributor.

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