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Works of William Porcher DuBose (7 vols.)
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Works of William Porcher DuBose (7 vols.)


Longman, Macmillan and Co., The Seabury Press 1892–1957

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This collection contains the sermons and papers of the American Episcopal priest William Porcher DuBose. These seven works embody the legacy of DuBose, considered by many to be the greatest theologian the US Episcopal Church has produced.

The volumes in this collection are decidedly Christ-focused. Together, The Gospel in the Gospels and The Gospel according to Saint Paul offer a complete understanding of Jesus’ life, demonstrating DuBose’s keen expositional abilities and love for the Gospel. According to the author, “My own position is that, while the Gospel as an act or fact is complete in Jesus Christ himself, the rationale of its operation in human salvation is best interpreted and stated by St. Paul. My true objective point has, therefore, been the completer construction of the Gospel according to St. Paul.” In High Priesthood and Sacrifice, DuBose examines the book of Hebrews in detail, always bringing his exposition back to the purpose, position, and work of Christ. The remaining volumes continue DuBose’s study of Christology and soteriology, and also expand upon important topics such as the church’s function, purpose, and ministry practices.

The Works of William Porcher DuBose is a valuable resource for church leaders, students of church history, or anyone interested in the development of early American Episcopalian thought. The Logos edition makes studying these works easier than ever. Perform comprehensive searches by topic to compare the perspectives of theologians and other scholars. Scripture text appears on mouseover in your preferred translation and clicking any word brings up reference information from lexicons and other resources in your library, saving time and adding depth to your research.

Key Features

  • Includes the major works of a great American Episcopalian theologian
  • Contains autobiographical reflections on DuBose’s Civil War experience
  • Presents DuBose’s complete construction of the Gospel

Individual Titles

Unity in the Faith

  • Author: William Porcher DuBose
  • Editor: Norman Pittenger
  • Publisher: Seabury Press
  • Publication Date: 1957
  • Pages: 244

Unity in the Faith is a collection of works by DuBose on theology and church life. It opens with essays by George Boggan Myers and Norman Pittenger describing DuBose’s life and work.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • The Sage and Seer of Sewanee by George Boggan Myers
  • The Significance of DuBose’s Theology by Norman Pittenger
  • Unity in the Faith
    1. A Constructive Treatment of Christianity
    2. Why the Church, in Christianity
    3. Incarnation
    4. Resurrection
    5. The Church
    6. Christ the Solution of Human Life
    7. Christ the Revelation of God
    8. The Subjective and Objective in Religion
    9. The Demand for the Simple Gospel
    10. Evangelical and Catholic
    11. The Faith of a Christian Today
  • Appendix A: Christian Defense, an Early DuBose Essay
  • Appendix B: Bibliography

Turning Points in My Life

  • Author: William Porcher DuBose
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 160

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In Turning Points in My Life, DuBose describes some of the most significant moments in his life and how they affected his theology and his academic career. The first four chapters are expanded transcripts of papers he read at the 1911 reunion of his students at the University of the South.


  • Early Spiritual Life
  • War Experiences
  • Church Influences
  • Catholic Principles
  • The Theology of the Child
  • Sermon at Sewanee
  • Liberty and Authority in Christian Truth

The Reason of Life

  • Author: William Porcher DuBose
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 290

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In The Reason of Life, Dubose explains the purpose of the Christian life.


  • The Principle of Unity—Introductory
  • The Beginning
  • The Origin and Evolution of Life
  • Life Encosmic and Incarnate
  • The Glory of the Only Begotten
  • Grace to Become Sons
  • The Process of Life Spiritual
  • The Spiritual through the Natural
  • Love the Seminal Principle of Life
  • Divine Love in Human Service
  • Christianity a Ministry of Life
  • Fellowship with God
  • Christianity as a Witness
  • The Blood that Cleanseth
  • The Comfort of Christianity
  • The Way of Divine Knowledge
  • Whom Else but God?
  • What Else but Christ?
  • The Divinity and Deity of Jesus Christ
  • Christianity and Ethics

High Priesthood and Sacrifice: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews

  • Author: William Porcher DuBose
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1908
  • Pages: 260

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This is William Porcher DuBose’s exposition of the book of Hebrews—what he calls a “great epic of faith.”


  • Human Destiny through Death
  • The Divine Propriety of the Death of Christ
  • The High Calling of God to Faith
  • Christ, the All-Tempted yet All-Sinless
  • The Elements of High Priesthood in General
  • From First Principles to Perfection
  • The Realization of High Priesthood in Christ
  • The Old and New Covenants
  • The Sacrifice that Takes Away Sin
  • The Blood of the New Covenant
  • The Faith that Inherits Eternal Life
  • Conclusion

The Gospel According to Saint Paul

  • Author: William Porcher DuBose
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 328

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this volume, DuBose examines the parallels between the writings of Saint John and Saint Paul in order to get a complete picture of Christ and his work.


  • Introduction
  • The Presuppositions of the Gospel
  • The Definition of the Gospel
  • The Further Definition of the Gospel
  • The Wrath of God against Sin
  • The New Righteousness
  • The Object of Justifying or Saving Faith
  • The Clearing up of the Mystery of Righteousness
  • The Faith of Abraham
  • The Status of the Christian Believer
  • Saint Paul’s Terminology
  • The First and the Last Adam
  • The Christian in Christ
  • Not under the Law but under Grace
  • Law, Sin, and Redemption
  • The Condemnation of Sin in the Flesh
  • The Law of the Spirit
  • The Mind of the Spirit
  • The Redemption of the Body
  • The Process of Divine Grace
  • The Christ of Saint Paul

The Gospel in the Gospels

  • Author: William Porcher DuBose
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 320

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In The Gospel in the Gospels, DuBose constructs a picture of the life of Christ based on the four Gospels. This volume was written to complement The Gospel According to Saint Paul; together, they encourage a complete understanding of Christ.


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part First: The Gospel of the Earthly Life or The Common Humanity
    1. The Impression of the Earthly Life of Jesus
    2. The Growth and Preparation of Jesus
    3. The Divine Sonship of Humanity
    4. The Son of Man
    5. The Kingdom of God
    6. The Authority of Jesus
    7. The Blessedness of Jesus
    8. The Beatitudes
    9. The Beatitudes—Continued
    10. The Death of Jesus
  • Part Second: The Gospel of the Work or The Resurrection
    1. The Saviour from Sin
    2. Sin and Its Treatment
    3. The Sinlessness of Jesus
    4. The True Baptism and Baptizer
    5. The Resurrection
  • Part Third: The Gospel of the Person or The Incarnation
    1. The Problem of the Person
    2. The Mystery of the Birth
    3. Ideal Pre-existence
    4. The Gospel in St. John
    5. The Logos
    6. The Incarnation
    7. The Trinity

The Soteriology of the New Testament

  • Author: William Porcher DuBose
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 424

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The Soteriology of the New Testament is a study of the meaning and source of salvation, the doctrines of Christ, and the practices of the church.


  • Upon the Meaning of Salvation
  • Upon the Meaning of Salvation in the New Testament
  • Of Jesus Christ as Our Salvation
  • Of Christ as Our Reconciliation or Atonement
  • Of Christ as Our Redemption
  • Of Christ Both Objectively and Subjectively
  • Our Redemption and Righteousness
  • Of Christ as Our Resurrection
  • Of Christ as Our Propitiation or Expiation
  • Of the End or Final Cause of the Incarnation
  • Of the Human Personality of Jesus Christ
  • Of the Divine Sonship of Our Lord
  • Of the Human Birth and Sonship of Jesus Christ
  • Of the Human Sinlessness of Jesus Christ
  • Of the Sinlessness of Jesus Christ, Continued
  • Of the Human Nature of Jesus Christ
  • Of the Human Nature of Jesus Christ, Continued
  • Of the Flesh and the Spirit in Relation to Our Lord
  • Of the Work of Jesus Christ upon Earth
  • Of Jesus Christ as the Way
  • Of the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
  • Of Jesus Christ as Our High Priest
  • Of Salvation in the Church
  • Of Baptism
  • Of the Lord’s Supper

Product Details

  • Title: Works of William Porcher DuBose
  • Author: William Porcher DuBose
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 2,026

About William Porcher DuBose

William Porcher DuBose (1836–1918) was born into a wealthy Huguenot family in South Carolina. He attended the Citadel and the University of Virginia, where he studied Greek and the other languages which supported his later work as a theologian. When the Civil War broke out, DuBose left seminary to serve as an officer and chaplain for South Carolina. He was wounded twice at the second battle of Manassas, taken captive, then later released.

An ordained priest, he served at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church near his home in Winnsboro, South Carolina after the war. In 1871, he became the chaplain of the University of the South, and in 1877 he began working as a professor in the department of theology he helped build. He served as dean from 1894 until his retirement in 1908.