Presbyterians of the Past

William A. McDowell, 1789-1851

William Anderson was born to Matthew and Elizabeth Hay (Anderson) McDowell in Lamington, New Jersey, May 15, 1789. His parents were born in the American Colonies and were descendants of Presbyterians from...

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James Inglis, 1777-1819

On the night of September 13, 1814, the British commenced bombarding Fort McHenry in Baltimore’s harbor. Francis Scott Key was viewing the cannon and rocket fire from the deck of a ship. The grand display of explosions...

Reformed Dutch Church in America

The post last week was a biography of Swiss-American Philip Milledoler and for this week the Dutch-Americans will be the subject. The Dutch settled New Amsterdam in the early seventeenth century. Their influence was...

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The following is quoted from a book review by B. B. Warfield which included seven German works on inspiration. It was published in The Presbyterian and Reformed Review in 1893.

The most important thing to note with reference to the present discussion of inspiration, as mirrored in these treatises, is that the burning question of the times is not some recondite matter of mode or of "theory"…of inspiration, but the very practical matter of the trustworthiness of the Bible. The so-called "positive" theology of the German universities yields the fact—the Scriptures are not trustworthy in all matters, they contain errors…. It is equally to be noted that the whole discussion of this school proceeds on a priori bases and methods: absolute errorlessness is not necessary for the purpose for which the Scriptures are given.…If we are to occupy the attitude towards Scripture which Christ occupied, the simple "It is written!" must have the same authority to us in matters of doctrinal truth, of practical duty, of historical fact and of verbal form that it had to Him; and to us as truly as to Him, the Scriptures must be incapable of being broken. [posted 8/11/2020]

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