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The Works of James Denney (15 vols.)

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James Denney, renowned New Testament scholar and Scottish theologian, was well known in the early 1900s for his strong views against war and his doctrine of atonement in the crucifixion of Christ. These 15 volumes demonstrate his thorough education, his powerful logical faculties, and his heart for evangelization.

James Denney was a contemporary of P. T. Forsyth and Marcus Dods, whose writing is often compared alongside Denney’s and who also contributed to the legacy of Scottish theological thinkers and the evangelizing message of the Gospel. With Denney, you’ll find a reliable theology, a reassuring message, and a sound exposition of doctrine, Scripture, and the life of Christ.

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Key Features

  • Contains all of Denney’s writing on his atonement doctrine
  • Features lucid, vivid, and expressive writing on theology and Scripture
  • Portrays his thoughts on World War I as it was happening
  • Includes personal letters, a biography of his life, and a biography of his thought

Praise for James Denney

A scholar with a rare gift of trenchant expression and passionately loyal to the truth of the gospel, James Denney (1856–1917) blazed a trail that few have equalled in his incisive analysis and effective presentation of the death of Christ. Thinking far ahead of his generation and anticipating to some extent the deviations of Barthianism, Denney consistently upheld Christ crucified as the supreme act of God and vehicle of divine revelation in contrast to the contemporary neo-orthodox concept of reconciliation in the act of incarnation.

J. F. Walvoord, Bibliotheca Sacra

To scholarship of the first rank [Denney] brought a burning conviction of the truth and adequacy of the Gospel, and he would have no truck with those who, desiring to be in tune with the Zeitgeist, would have watered it down. In all his writing about the Christian faith he sought to be biblical, real, whole, and clear, and he often declared that he had not the faintest interest in a theology which he could not preach.

—Archibald M. Hunter, professor emeritus of New Testament, Christ’s College, Aberdeen

Product Details

  • Title: The Works of James Denney
  • Authors: James Denney, T. H. Walker, Marcus Dods, James Moffatt, and John Randolph Taylor
  • Publisher: Hodder and Soughton, Marshall Brothers
  • Volumes: 15
  • Pages: 3,437
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The Atonement and the Modern Mind

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 117

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Forgiveness, pardon, contrition—these ideas fit snugly in with contemporary Christian understanding. But where does atonement fit in? In this volume, James Denney seeks to enlighten readers on contemporary misconceptions on the atonement of Christ—specifically the penal nature of his atonement—and on what that has meant for Christianity as a “historical religion.”

Studies in Theology

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 272

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These 10 lectures constitute a Christian dogmatic theology that lays the groundwork for other systematic theologies. Originally delivered in 1894 to the Chicago Theological Seminary, these lectures have been revisited and edited to include notes, clarify details, and attribute credit to other theologians and schools of thought.

The Way Everlasting

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 320

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This volume is a 25-volume compilation of Denney’s sermons. Preaching on topics doctrinal, pastoral, and theological, Denney clarifies Scripture for his readers by challenging their minds and convicting their hearts.

Jesus and the Gospel: Christianity Justified in the Mind of Christ

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1908
  • Pages: 368

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Placing Christ as the center of his chief apologetic work on Christianity, Denney wrote this volume to strengthen both the resolve of believers and the evangelistic aspect of apologetics. Well researched and Scripturally based, this volume explores the New Testament for evidence of Christian faith, vindication for Christianity through Christ, and the New Testament’s reliability in historical context.

The Death of Christ: Its Place and Interpretation in the New Testament

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1902
  • Pages: 334

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Exploring a topic that has received relatively little modern scholarship, Denney produces a volume that synthesizes Christianity as a theology and a religion via the death of Christ. Hoping to use theology and religious apologetic as an evangelistic tool, Denney covers the death of Christ as it is treated throughout each New Testament book and concludes with its evidence of atonement and what it means for Christians today.

Dr. Denney laid great stress upon Christ’s physical sufferings. He emphasized the substitutionary nature of His sacrifice and expounded its effects to the believer with evangelical zeal. Such was his aversion to the teachings of certain mystics on the subject of the Atonement that he avoided all identification with mystical belief. In spite of this, his work on the death of Christ remains one of the most definitive discussions produced to date.

Cyril J. Barber, professor of biblical studies, Talbot Theological Seminary

The Christian Doctrine of Reconciliation

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 332

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James Denney’s death in 1917 prevented him from delivering these lectures. Later in the year, the manuscripts were discovered among his papers, practically completed; they appear printed in this volume exactly as he wrote them, with only a handful of footnotes inserted by the editor. These lectures discuss reconciliation through six different aspects: as expressed in the New Testament, as practiced by Christians, as achieved by Christ, as a spiritual and bodily need, as an experimental concept, and in Christian’s notion of our past.

Gospel Questions and Answers

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Pages: 158

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Denney tackles seven questions of doubt and faith, raising issues asked in the Gospels and answering them thoroughly in this concise expositional volume.


  • The Question of Misgiving: ‘What I lack yet?’
  • The Question of Doubt: ‘Art thou He that should come?’
  • The Question of Failure: ‘Why could we not cast him out?’
  • The Question of Poverty: ‘Whence should we have so much bread?’
  • The Question of Remonstrance: ‘Goest Thou thither again?’
  • The Question of Ambition: ‘Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?’
  • The Question of Folly: ‘Are there few that be saved?’

The Church and the Kingdom

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 168

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As Christ and the church are inseparable, so is He inseparable from the Kingdom of God. But what is the perceived difference in the church and the Kingdom of God? How is the church called to be the Kingdom, and how does Christ sustain it? These questions—and more—are explored in this theological work.

The Literal Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount

  • Authors: James Denney, Marcus Dods, James Moffatt
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 106

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James Denney, Marcus Dods, and James Moffatt question the practice of the Bible’s teaching in contemporary churches and the relevance of its commandments in contemporary society. Would Jesus and Paul have spoken different words if they were instructing contemporary churches on issues such as women’s roles, swearing oaths, and even proper church attire? These authors explore a literal interpretation and application of the Sermon on the Mount for the benefit of modern church society, demonstrating that Christian moral conduct is timeless and that Jesus’ teachings are never out of date.

Marcus Dods (1834–1909) was born in Belford, Northumberland. Dods went on to study divinity and theology at Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University, where he graduated in 1854. He is a highly respected scholar who published over a dozen books of theology, which are recognized for their expansive critical research.

James J. Moffatt (1870–1944) was a graduate of Glasgow University. He first ministered before becoming professor of Greek and New Testament exegesis at Mansfield College, Oxford in 1911. He returned to Glasgow in 1915 as professor of church history at the United Free Church College. From 1927 to 1939 he was Washburn Professor of Church History at the Union Theological Seminary, New York. He authored many books, especially commentaries.

Factors of Faith in Immorality

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 132

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In order to believe that one is saved from sin, one must first believe that sin exists. How does a person come to have “faith in immorality”—or, better put, how does one come to a true conviction of his sins and the sins of the world? This volume seeks the answers to these questions and further explores the philosophies of immorality and sin, that we may come to more deeply understand the atonement that Christ has provided.

War and the Fear of God

  • Author: James Denney
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 200

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World War I came upon the western world as a surprise, and it was only after their parent nations were pulled into war that churches throughout Europe began to question the role of Christianity in the war of states. In War and the Fear of God, Denney delves into the difficult questions of the Great War and the role of Christians. “Faith,” he says, “is the best security against panic. It assures us that whatever happens God is over all, and that while we are right with Him no real harm can come to us.”

Letters of Principal James Denney to Family and Friends

  • Author: James Denney
  • Editor: James Moffatt
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 238

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This volume is a posthumous compilation of the correspondence between James Denney and those in his immediate life. Through it, readers see Denney’s heart, his convictions on the war, his opinion on political-social movements, and his will to proclaim Christ to the world.

Letters of James Denney to W. Robertson Nicoll 1893–1917

  • Author: James Denney
  • Editor: W. Robertson Nicoll
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 320

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These letters, saved by William Robertson Nicoll himself and published after James Denney’s death, touch on the subjects of which Denney himself was very fond: the atonement of Christ, movements within the United Free Church of Scotland, social reform, and, most of all, the Great War. Written by Denney for his close friend Nicoll, these letters expose Denney’s keen mind and hopeful heart.

Principal James Denney, D.D.: A Memoir and a Tribute

  • Author: T. H. Walker
  • Publisher: Marshall Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 162

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This biographical volume reveals James Denney’s life from childhood to death, exposing Denney as a man worthy of recognition among Scotland’s greatest theologians and Europe’s legacy of Protestant thinkers.

T. H. Walker was a student of James Denney’s at Glasgow University.

God Loves Like That! The Theology of James Denney

  • Author: John Randolph Taylor
  • Publisher: John Knox Press
  • Publication Date: 1962
  • Pages: 210

Written by a student of Denney’s at the spurring of A. M. Hunter, God Loves Like That! is a biographical investigation of Denney’s theology and thought-life. Each chapter investigates—through Denney’s own writings, the events of his life, and what others have said about him—a particular aspect of his theology, such as his eschatological beliefs, his doctrine on the atonement, and his teaching on the Holy Spirit. This book is a close, personal look at the heart and mind of one of Scotland’s best scholars.

In Denney you will find what you do not always find in our modern theologians—be it Barth or Tillich—what is in fact one of the first virtues of great theological writing—perfect lucidity of thought and expression. He had drilled himself on Burke, and he always wrote with pellucid precision.

—from the Foreword

John Randolph Taylor (1929–2002) received his education at Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary before he studied the works of James Denney at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, with New Testament theologian A. M. Hunter. Afterwards, he pastored at Church of Pilgrims in Washington, D.C., and helped launch the Washington D.C. branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where he met Martin Luther King, Jr. shortly before King’s death. He moved to Atlanta to pastor at Central Presbyterian Church, where he helped create A Fellowship of Concern, a Presbyterian anti-racism organization focusing on increasing involvement of white churchgoers in anti-racism efforts. In 1983, he played a central role in the reunification of the northern and southern Presbyterian denominations. From 1985–1994, he was the president of San Francisco Theological Seminary.

About James Denney

James Denney (1856–1917) was a Scottish theologian and preacher in the Free Church of Scotland. In 1897, he was appointed professor of systematic theology at Free Church College in Glasgow, and in 1915, he was appointed principal of the college. Among his publications and works are 2 Corinthians and 1 & 2 Thessalonians in the Expositor’s Bible, as well as the Expositor’s Greek Testament commentary on Romans.


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