Abstract of Systematic Theology contains forty-two essays ranging in topic from the doctrines of God, the Trinity, and humanity, to creation, providence, and justification. Boyce also wrote extensively on the issues of election, atonement, and the immortality of the soul. Boyce's theology was heavily influenced by Charles Hodge, and he used Hodge's Systematic Theology text at the Southern Baptist Seminary. The essays found in Abstract of Systematic Theology were originally intended to supplement the content of Boyce's systematic theology classes at the seminary from 1859–1888. Boyce compiled and completed Abstract of Systematic Theology in 1887. William A. Mueller said of the Abstract: "it is no mere logic chopping treatise but is vibrant with an experimental faith centered in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior... ."
- Forty-two essays in systematic theology
- Topics including: the doctrine of God, providence, election, and justification
- A pure example of nineteenth century Baptist theology
- Title: Abstract of Systematic Theology
- Author: James P. Boyce
- Publisher: American Baptist
- Publication Date: 1887
- Pages: 493
About James Boyce
James Pettigru Boyce was born in Charleston, SC in 1827. In 1849, Boyce began his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. While at Princeton, he studied under such men as Archibald Alexander and Charles Hodge. After graduating in 1851, Boyce served at the First Baptist Church in Columbia, SC until 1855 when he accepted a teaching post at Furman College. Boyce, together with Basil Manly Jr. and John A. Broadus, opened the Southern Baptist Seminary in 1859. James Boyce served as chairman of the faculty at the seminary from 1859–87, he was the institution's first president (1887), and was the president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1872–79 and again in 1888. Boyce died on December 28, 1888 in Pau, France.