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The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, Vol. 2
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Labeled “Theological and Ethical,” this set of fourteen essays discusses a number of doctrinal topics of great significance to the Church. Thornwell contrasts two perspectives on lapsarianism: sublapsarianism and supralapsarianism. Other doctrines touched upon include the priesthood of Christ, election, wisdom for Christian daily living, and the sacrifice of Christ.

Professor Eugene Genovese describes Thornwell as wanting “to envision a Christian society that could reconcile, so far as possible in a world haunted by evil, the conflicting claims of a social order with social justice and both with the freedom and dignity of the individual.” These ideas shine through in Thornwell’s writings, which are now more accessible than ever through Logos Bible Software. In electronic format, his writings are easily searchable and easily referenced—his works in Logos make the ideal companion to theological studies.

Key Features

  • Includes essays on a variety of different topics
  • Focuses primarily on theological and ethical issues


  • Outline of the Covenant of Grace and Testimony to Sublapsarianism
  • Theology as a Life in Individuals and in the Church: Being a Review of Breckinridge’s Subjective Theology
  • The Necessity and Nature of Christianity
  • Election and Reprobation
  • The Necessity of the Atonement
  • The Priesthood of Christ
  • Christ Tempted as the Second Adam
  • The Gospel, God’s Power and Wisdom
  • The Personality of the Holy Ghost
  • The Nature of Salvation
  • Christian Effort
  • The Sacrifice of Christ, the Type and Model of Missionary Effort
  • Discourses on Truth

Product Details

  • Title: The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, vol. 2
  • Author: James Henley Thornwell
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Committee of Publication
  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 638

About James Henley Thornwell

James Henley Thornwell, born in 1812, was a Southern Presbyterian minister from South Carolina. He was a professor both at South Carolina College and Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Columbia, and penned many theological essays throughout his life. A contemporary of Robert Lewis Dabney and Charles Hodge, he founded the Southern Presbyterian Review and was one of the leading figures in the establishment of the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America. Thornwell was highly involved with the current day’s political situation—a vocal proponent of slavery and supporter of the South during the Civil War. He died in 1862 after a long battle with tuberculosis.