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The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, Vol. 4
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The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, Vol. 4


Presbyterian Committee of Publication, Robert Carter & Brothers, Alfred Martien 1873

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The fourth volume of Thornwell’s collected writings, labeled “Ecclesiastical,” wraps up the set with thoughts on church government, structure, and discipline. Also contained in this resource is historically important documentation regarding Thornwell’s pro-slavery viewpoint, as well as detailed reasoning as to the separation of the Southern Presbyterian Church from the Presbyterian Church.

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 ecclesiological issues


  • Church Officers
  • Church Operations
  • Church Discipline
  • The Church and Slavery
  • The Southern Presbyterian Church
  • The Church and Secular Societies
  • Miscellanea
  • Appendixes

Product Details

  • Title: The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, vol. 4
  • Author: James Henley Thornwell
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Committee of Publication
  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 652

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.