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Systematic Theology: The Complete Three Volumes

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Well, Hodge certainly does construe the content of the Bible as propositional teaching, though interestingly enough an induction of the seventeen pages shows that the word 'proposition' is never used there. unscientific for the theologian to assume a theory as to the nature of virtue, of sin, of liberty, or moral obligation, and then explain the facts of Scripture in accordance with his theories. Vanhoozer's three charges Professor Vanhoozer first alleges that Hodge presupposes a subject-object dichotomy in which the mind observes mind-independent facts in which the situation of the interpreter is irrelevant.

Help TGC bring biblical wisdom to the confusing issues across the world by making a gift to our international work. Additional publications on the relationship between Christianity and science, and a collection of essays delivered at the Sabbath Afternoon Conferences (published by the Trust as Princeton Sermons), served to further confirm the breadth of his academic competency and the depth of his Christian piety. His father was a medical doctor, but he died as a young Charles Hodge was one going on two, so he never really knew his father. So though the word 'hypothesis' may be absent, the idea of a hypothesis tested by the facts is clearly present, as we have just seen. It matters whether or not the observer is a speculator, or a dogmatist, or a mystic, or some of each.

by the inductive method applied to Scripture) that the relation of these Biblical facts to each other, the principles involved in them, are in the facts themselves….

Without this explanation we would not understand the facts at all and would give them a totally wrong interpretation. And as for Hodge being brought back 'under the power of naturalistic science' Kuyper does not seem to realise that the invocation of scientific induction is purely methodological for Hodge. His studies in Europe made him one of the leading Hebraists teaching in an American theological institution in the early nineteenth century. p.12) The facts induced must not be willfully denied or carelessly overlooked, or unfairly appreciated. The danger of operating with preconceived theories is not a situation which Hodge himself is exempt from, nor (he would say) is anyone else.See, for example, Nancey Murphy, Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism: How Modern and Postmodern Philosophy set the Theological Agenda, (Valley Forge,Pa. In the coming decade, Hodge would be assisted by the linguistic talent and philological expertise of Joseph Addison Alexander. This four-volume work deserves more attention than it normally receives, for it combines the mature fruit of Protestant Scholasticism with the rich piety of the Dutch Second Reformation.

In divine revelation word and fact are always connected; it does not merely convey facts that we have to explain, but it itself clearly illumines those facts. From 1854 until his death in 1878, he served as Professor of Exegetical, Didactic, and Polemic Theology. urn:oclc:record:680396885 Foldoutcount 0 Identifier systematictheolo01hodg Identifier-ark ark:/13960/t8ff3xg41 Ocr_converted abbyy-to-hocr 1.In my estimation, this appraisal says more about the egalitarian views of Hodge’s biographer than of Hodge himself (251–55). But the facts from which the inferences are drawn are not facts apprehended apart from words, but facts that are expressed in words. These traits are said to reveal him as expressing the mentality of the Enlightenment, 'the assumption of modernity', in his pursuit of objectivity, a mentality perhaps fostered by the influence upon him of one of the most notable figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Thomas Reid, and perhaps by the dreaded ‘Reformed Scholasticism’. The plethora of block quotes, not too mention Kelly’s own brilliance, make for hard reading at times, but there is plenty here to repay serious reflection.

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