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Abstract of Systematic Theology

, 2010
ISBN: 9780875528724


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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... ."

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  • 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

James Petigru Boyce (1827-1888) was a Baptist theologian, Calvinist, and seminary professor. Boyce was educated at Brown University under Francis Wayland, whose evangelical sermons contributed to Boyce’s conversion, and at Princeton Theological Seminary under Charles Hodge who led Boyce to appreciate Calvinistic theology. Boyce became a pastor, then a university professor, and finally the founder and first president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he taught theology from 1859 until his death in 1888. Throughout his ministry Boyce insisted on the importance of theological education for all ministers. In a preface, he described his Abstract of Systematic Theology, published the year before his death, as follows: “This volume is published the rather as a practical text book, for the study of the system of doctrine taught in the Word of God, than as a contribution to theological science.”

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  1. Peter



    Boyce remains one of the most influential voices of mid-19th century Baptist life. Though a hard-line strict Calvinist through and through (i.e. TULIP), 19th century American Baptist theology could not be understood apart from Boyce.

  2. Johnnie Ray Bailey
  3. Bill Shewmaker

    Bill Shewmaker


  4. Matt Hamrick

    Matt Hamrick


  5. Stephen Fix

    Stephen Fix


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    Phil Gons


    Solid Reformed Baptist systematic.

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    Paolo russo




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