Presbyterians of the Past

West Virginia Presbyterians, Review, Two Books

The state of West Virginia was established in 1863 from the north-western portion of Virginia. It was the middle of the Civil War and a majority of Mountaineers believed they had more in common with the Union...

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William P. Jacobs, 1842-1917

William Plumer Jacobs was born to Rev. Ferdinand and Mary Elizabeth (Redbrook) Jacobs in Yorkville, South Carolina, March 15, 1842. Ferdinand had been born in Alexandria, Virginia, and following his education at Hampden...

Neil Postman & David Wells

In 1985, Neil Postman published Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, which considered the media, its influence on views, and the sound bite world of the time. Dr. Postman taught in...

Manners, Sitting in Company

The following comments have been gleaned from a Presbyterian of the past who was responding to what he believed was discourteous and ill mannered seminary student behavior in his day. He offers observations and...

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A recently completed title from my stack of books in waiting is Kim Riddlebarger’s The Lion of Princeton: B. B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian, 2015. There are several aspects to the work which could be mentioned, but one running throughout the book is the importance of science to Warfield’s thought. His brother Ethelbert said that Warfield was originally interested in science for a vocation before he yielded to a call to the ministry. The “ology” in theology was fundamental to how he handled each area of doctrine. There are places in the book where the author uses quotes from Warfield which appear to be pulled from laboratory experimental procedures rather than seminary lessons. It seems to me that The Scientific Theologian might make a good cognomen for Warfield, but The Lion of Princeton has a nice ring to it. Debates between the east and west coasts and other locations in between regarding the noetic effects of sin, Cornelius Van Til, and presuppositionalism are included in the book, but I found the author’s presentation within the bounds of temperate language and conducive to reflective analysis—some might disagree with me. The book is very good, and I recommend it to those who want to learn more about Warfield and reading it with Fred Zaspel’s book would be particularly beneficial. [posted, 7/31/2019]

Dr. O. Palmer and Joanna Robertson have built a website titled Consummation Ministries. It includes a bibliography of Palmer's works, sermons, and other resources including a blog and an interview with the Robertsons. It is attractively presented and easy to navigate. I noticed while page hopping that he has some material on the covenants for children. The Robertsons spent a number of years teaching in Bible colleges in Africa. [posted 7/17/2019]

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J. W. Alexander, 1804-1859

James Waddell Alexander was born to Archibald and Janetta Waddell Alexander in Louisa County, Virginia, on March 13, 1804. The infant had been named for Janetta’s father, James Waddell, D.D., who had ministered in the...