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Our Danger and Our Duty


Southern Guardian 1862

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Our Danger and Our Duty is a brief yet compelling address, urging all to be ready to fight and defend the South during the Civil War. A historically significant essay, Thornwell’s writings paint the bleak picture that the Confederates were faced with upon the thought of defeat. His words, meant to inspire and challenge, give a glimpse into the Civil War through the eyes of a Confederate Southern Presbyterian minister.

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

  • Reveals the thought process of a Confederate Southern Presbyterian minister
  • Remains of interest as a historical document

Product Details

  • Title: Our Danger and Our Duty
  • Author: James Henley Thornwell
  • Publisher: Guardian Steam-Power Press
  • Publication Date: 1962
  • Pages: 12

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.

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