The writings of Emanuel Vogel Gerhart offer extensive treatment of systematic theology and philosophy from which any student of the Bible would benefit. Gerhart's writings are especially important for understanding the Reformed tradition in the later part of the nineteenth century.
“Holding the Written Word to be the ultimate critical standard of religious thought as well as of faith and practice, the Institutes of the Christian Religion confesses fidelity to the universal Christian Creed, and for substance accepts as valid the exposition of the Creed given by the Heidelberg Catechism.” —from the vol. 1 preface
With the Logos versions of these volumes, you'll be able to search through each topic of Gerhart's systematic theology, and instantly check hyperlinked Scripture references and other resources linked to your Logos library. A pastor, missionary, theologian, and philosopher, Emanuel Vogel Gerhart was very influential in the German Reformed Church in America. A colleague of Philip Schaff and John Williamson Nevin, Gerhart is considered the apologist for the Mercersburg Theology which was critical of the revivalism of the Second Great Awakening and its best known figure, Charles Grandison Finney. Gerhart's first-rate scholarship interacts thoroughly with scripture, historical theology, and philosophy in these important volumes.
A presentation of the nineteenth century Mercersburg Theology from its chief apologist
An early treatment of the relationship between biblical and systematic theology
Praise for Emmanuel Vogel Gerhart
Along with Philip Schaff and John W. Nevin, Gerhart helped shape the direction and theology of the German Reformed Church during the second half of the nineteenth century.
A useful addition to the library of anyone interested in systematic or historical theology, this volume is a robust presentation of the Reformed faith. Book one begins this volume with matters of prolegomena such as the source of theological knowledge (epistemology). In book two, Gerhart goes on to discuss what he calls the “Christological method.” Standing upon the shoulders of early Federal Theologians like Coccejus, Gerhart presents Christ as the mediator between God and man and therefore the key to Christian Doctrine and the focus of all Scripture. Book three, the longest section of this volume, discusses the doctrine of God (theology proper). Book four discusses the doctrine of creation and providence (cosmology).
“Invoking the blessing of God, I commend the first volume of The Institutes to all who are interested in the solemn questions of Faith, cherishing the hope that it may do positive service in promoting the growth of sound theology and true religion.” —From the preface
In volume two, Gerhart continues his thorough treatment of systematic theology with book five on the doctrine of man (anthropology) in which he covers man’s creation, nature, probation, fall, and consequences of sin. Book six moves to the doctrine of Christ and covers his birth, early life and development, ministry, death, resurrection, glorification, and covenant headship. Book seven addresses the doctrine of the Holy Spirit (pneumatology). In this section, Gerhart discusses the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the church and sacraments is included under this heading. Book eight presents a treatment of personal salvation which includes discussions on faith, repentance, election, justification, and sanctification. Finally, book nine concludes with the doctrine of last things (eschatology) which includes treatments of the Second Coming of Christ, the millennium, the resurrection, and the final judgment.
An Introduction to the Study of Philosophy with an Outline Treatise on Logic
This volume is a must for those interested in the intersection between theology and philosophy. In Reformed fashion, Gerhart argues that God, rather than human reason, is the foundation of philosophy. He begins by discussing the nature of the human faculty of reason and consciousness as well as the nature of philosophy itself. He then goes on to present the necessary foundation for proper philosophical inquiry. This section includes a treatment of major philosophical systems such as realism, idealism, absolutism, and dualism. He then moves to a thorough discussion of how these systems surface in the Christology of Ebionism, Gnosticism, Eutycheanism, and Nestorianism. This volume ends with a thorough treatment of the nature and method of logic, which includes a discussion of its relationship to science, theology, and language, as well as a section on logical fallacies.
Title: The Works of Emanuel Vogel Gerhart
Author: Emanuel Vogel Gerhart
About Emanuel Vogel Gerhart
Emanuel Vogel Gerhart (1817–1904), was a pastor, missionary, and scholar in the German Reformed Church in America. He served as president of numerous institutions of higher education including Heidelberg College (1851–1855), Franklin and Marshall College (1855–1866), and Reformed Church Seminary (1868–1904).