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The Plan of Salvation


Presbyterian Board of Publication 1915

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All Christians believe that the power to save belongs to God alone, but did God plan to save individuals before the creation of the world? If so, why didn’t God—in his foreknowledge—choose to save everyone? The doctrine of salvation is perhaps the simplest and most basic Christian doctrine, and the act of God’s saving power remains central to all of Christian thought and practice. If that’s the case, why is it so difficult for the church to articulate exactly what God’s redemptive work looks like? The Plan of Salvation is comprised of five lectures delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary in June, 1914 on the various conceptions of the doctrine of salvation. These lectures summarize the divergent views about salvation held by various groups of Christians throughout history. Although Warfield does not endorse all of them, he masterfully explains the significant components of each and how each doctrine of salvation relates to the other central doctrines of Christianity.

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  • Title: The Plan of Salvation
  • Author: B. B. Warfield
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Board
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 144

About Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield

Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield was born in 1851 in Lexington, Kentucky. He studied mathematics and science at Princeton University and graduated in 1871. In 1873, he decided to enroll at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was taught by Charles Hodge. He graduated from seminary in 1876, and was married shortly thereafter. He traveled to Germany later that year to study under Franz Delitazsch.

After returning to America, Warfield taught at Western Theological Seminary (now Pittsburgh Theological Seminary). In 1881, Warfield co-wrote an article with A. A. Hodge on the inspiration of Scripture—a subject which dominated his scholarly pursuits throughout the remainder of his lifetime. When A. A. Hodge died in 1887, Warfield became professor of Theology at Princeton, where he taught from 1887–1921. History remembers Warfield as one of the last great Princeton Theologians prior to the seminary’s re-organization and the split in the Presbyterian Church. B. B. Warfield died in 1921.

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