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The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell (4 vols.)
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Thornwell was a leading figure in the beginnings of the Southern Presbyterian church and a contemporary of another well-known Southern Presbyterian theologian, Robert Lewis Dabney. His writings and published sermons document the beginnings of the Southern branch of the Presbyterian Church, and they also contain a keen insight into American history before the Civil War.

The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell is a four-volume set that includes essays and lectures on various doctrinal topics, an analysis of Calvin’s Institutes, and questions from examinations given by Thornwell when he was a professor. In the thousands of pages collected here he discusses doctrine, philosophy, wisdom for Christian daily living, church structure, beliefs of the Catholic Church, papal controversies, and much more.

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.

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Key Features

  • Theological writings from one of the nineteenth century’s leading Southern Presbyterian theologians
  • Historic sermons and documentation from the years leading up to the Civil War
  • A look at the state of the American church in the nineteenth century

Individual Titles

The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, vol. 1

  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 662

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Of The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, volume 1 is the most theologically involved. This resource contains 16 lectures on subjects relating to God and moral government. Among other essays included are an inaugural discourse, questions on lectures from classes he taught, an analysis of Calvin’s Institutes, and questions from examinations given by Thornwell when he was a professor.

Lectures and Essays Included

  • Preliminary Observations
  • The Being of God
  • Man’s Natural Ignorance of God
  • The Nature and Limits of Our Knowledge of God
  • The Names of God
  • The Nature and Attributes of God
  • Spirituality of God
  • The Incommunicable Attributes of God
  • Creation
  • Man
  • Moral Government
  • The Covenant of Works
  • Original Sin
  • The State and Nature of Sin
  • The Pollution and Guilt of Sin
  • Degrees of Guilt
  • Theology, Its Proper Method and Central Principle: A Review of Breckinridge’s Objective Theology
  • The Personality of God
  • Nature of Our Relation to Adam in His First Sin: A Review of Baird’s Elohim Revealed
  • Discourse Delivered by Dr. Thornwell, upon Being Inaugurated as Professor of Theology
  • Questions upon the Lectures in Theology
  • Analysis of Calvin’s Institutes, With Notes and Comments
  • Questions on Calvin’s Institutes

The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, vol. 2

  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 638

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Labeled “Theological and Ethical,” this set of 14 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.

Essays Included

  • 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

The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, vol. 3

  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 834

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Thornwell’s third volume of collected writings, classified “Theological and Controversial,” is broken into two parts: “Rationalist Controversy” and “Papal Controversy.” These sections address the interactions between philosophy, psychology, and theology, as well as the doctrines of the Catholic Church and the Pope. Thornwell’s theological observations on these controversies are compelling and astute.

Essays Included

  • The Standard and Nature of Religion in Three Sections
  • The Office of Reason in Regard to Revelation
  • Miracles
  • The Validity of the Baptism of the Church of Rome
  • Romanist Arguments for the Apocrypha Discussed (18 Letters)
  • Original Article on the Apocrypha by the Author
  • Specimen Letters of a Reply by the Rev. P. N. Lynch, D.D.
  • Collection of Passages in Which Dr. Lynch Represents the Fathers as Quoting the Apocrypha

The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, vol. 4

  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 652

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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.

Sections Included

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

Product Details

  • Title: The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell
  • Author: James Henley Thornwell
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Committee of Publication
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 2,786

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.