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Hodge, Charles (1797–1878)

Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631198963.2005.x


North American Reformed theologian. Ordained into the Presbyterian church in 1821 and professor of exegetical and didactic theology at Princeton for most of his career, he was a vigorous and influential champion of Calvinism and a chronicler of the political and ecclesiastical events of the Presbyterian church. He argued against religious experience at the expense of understanding, whether it were the mysticism of European romanticism or the revivalism associated with Charles Finney in the USA; and he opposed the moral optimism of contemporary romantic/idealist philosophies and Darwinism, using rational, prepositional methods to stress the Calvinist doctrines of sin, biblical infallibility and the sovereignty of God in election. He wrote commentaries on Romans (1835), Ephesians (1856), 1 Corinthians (1857) and 2 Corinthians (1859); his major work, Systematic Theology of 1871–3, is still in use. 1880 : The Life of Charles Hodge . New York . 1946 : The Lives of Eighteen from Princeton , article on Hodge by J.O. Nelson . Princeton , NJ . 1985 : Reformed Theology in America . Grand Rapids, Mi . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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