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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Today in Church History: Charles Hodge, Princeton Theological Seminary

On December 28, 1797, Charles Hodge was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After graduating from the College of New Jersey and Princeton Seminary, Hodge was ordained by the Presbytery of New Brunswick in 1821, and the General Assembly appointed him to the Princeton faculty in 1822. For the next 56 years he trained over 3,000 students at Princeton, including two of his sons who would eventually join the faculty. In 1825 he founded the Princeton Review and throughout the course of his career he would use it to publish on all the major theological controversies of his day, defending Reformed orthodoxy against New Divinity, European romanticism, frontier revivalism, and Darwinian evolution.

Hodge was also an active churchman. He lent his support to the Old School wing of the Presbyterian Church, supporting the 1837 division and opposing the 1869 reunion. In 1846 he served as the moderator of the Old School General Assembly.

On June 19, 1878, Hodge died at the age of 80. Alfred Nevin described him as "one of the brightest and best ornaments of the Presbyterian Church."

- John Muether



Blogger Wayne Dawg said...

One of my favorite analogies is that, before our spiritual rebirth, we are lying at the bottom of the ocean, dead in our sins and tresspasses. We are lifeless, cold and unable to respond.

God is the one who goes down to the bottom of the ocean, brings up our lifeless body and does a spiritual CPR on us; bringing us to our new life in HIm.

This analogy of course is the opposite of the Arminian analogy that explains mankind's ship has sunk and we are all out in the ocean floating around while God is busy throwing life preservers out for us to grab onto. It is our responsibility (According to the Arminian) to grab the preserver so God can reel us in.

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Blogger The Wittenberg Door said...

I love the analogy, Wayne. Regarding the Arminian part, we could add that although God is throwing-out life preservers for all, most say, “No thanks. I’d rather drown.” I’m sure that’s what happened when the Lusitania was torpedoed. No doubt those grabbing the preservers are smatter, better people than those choosing the way Davy Jones’ Locker.


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