inREVIEW — The Theology of B. B. Warfield, by Fred G. Zaspel

by Lee Buford on December 8, 2010

The Theology of B. B. Warfield is an excellent compilation of the work, thoughts, and writings of one of America’s most distinguished 19th century theologians. Fred Zaspel’s work is thorough, insightful, and essential for those who desire to know Warfield in an unprecedented way.

To be honest I had very little knowledge of Warfield prior to this book, but Zaspel does a wonderful job bringing the life and work of this man into clear focus throughout the book. An incredible mind (he graduated first in his class at Princeton), Warfield cemented his reputation and legacy as one of the brightest theologians of his day. A professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, Warfield’s deep roots in Reformed, “Old School Princeton” theology were evident in all of his writings, and Zaspel does a marvelous job of sifting through and compiling many parts of the voluminous contributions Warfield made to the preservation and proclamation of his beliefs and understandings of the Bible.

Confronted with the rise and emphasis on liberalism and doctrines that Warfield and others in his camp adamantly opposed as false and inaccurate, he devoted his adult life and teaching to setting the record straight at every opportunity. Quick to defend and preserve the doctrines of those who proclaimed the gospel before him, Warfield’s thoughts on the emerging doctrines of his time were clear:

“If everything that is called Christianity in these days is Christianity, then there is no such thing as Christianity. A name applied indiscriminately to everything, designates nothing.” (p 48)

Though not a book you will breeze through in one or two sittings, it is a book well-worth the investment, and one through which you will gain a deeper appreciation for, and understanding of, the man, the times, and the theology which he so vigorously championed. I recommend you read it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway Books as part of their Reviewer Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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