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The Lion of Princeton, Kim Riddlebarger

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 B. B. 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.

BARRY WAUGH

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