April 22, 2004

B. B. Warfield

Benjamin B. Warfield 1851 – 1921

Perhaps no theologian of that age is as widely read and has had his books kept in print so long as Warfield. He had published a score of books on theology and biblical subjects in addition to numerous pamphlets and addresses. An accomplished linguist of Hebrew and Greek he seemed to be at home in writing mostly on theology. He was a committed Calvinist with a high regard for the West Minster Confessions. He held to the inherent scriptures and demonstrated a sense of complete dependence on God for all things including especially his sense of indebtedness as a lost sinner to His grace. Born near Lexington Kentucky he went on to get his arts degree at Princeton. Later trained for the ministry at Princeton Theology Seminary. He first became an assistant minister at the First Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio. Less than a year later he moved to Baltimore and was the assistant minister their. In later years he became professor of didactic and polemical theology at Princeton Theology Seminary where he succeeded A.A. Hodge. Among his writings are “An introduction to the textual criticism of the New Testament”, “The Acts and Pastoral Epistles”. In addition he fought a running battle over Biblical inerrancy which he defended vigorously, some of these articles appear in the Presbyterian and Reformed review.

“A minister must be both learned and religious. It is not a matter of choosing between the two. He must study, but he must study as in the presence of God and not in a secular spirit. He must recognize the privilege of pursuing his studies in the environment where God and salvation from sin are the air he breathes.” – B.B. Warfield

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