B. B. Warfield’s Scientifically Constructive Theological Scholarship

Bibliographic information:

Smith, David P. B. B. Warfield’s Scientifically Constructive Theological Scholarship. The Evangelical Theological Monograph Series, no. 10. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2011.


B. B. Warfield, “The Lion of Princeton,” is perhaps America’s most prolific and preeminent biblical and theological scholar, and yet has been largely misunderstood and misrepresented. In this landmark work, David Smith penetrates to the defining features of Warfield’s thought and helps us understand its revolutionary character. Warfield’s detractors have maligned his thought as static and beholden to an outdated epistemology, yet Smith debunks this historical myth. Placed within his historical context, we discover Warfield expressing the organic and dynamic nature of truth, overcoming the subject-object dilemma that plagues Western epistemological rationalism and mysticism, and all through his explaining the doctrinal system warranted by the Bible. Theological scholarship and American church historiography will have to reckon with this apologetic on America’s preeminent apologist.


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