Shedd’s 2-volume History of Christian Doctrine was written after several years of preparation, and offers a comprehensive account of the gradual construction of all the doctrines of Christianity. Shedd believed that the history of Christian doctrine was one of the strongest defenses of the Christian faith, and his History centers on Nicene trinitarianism, Augustine anthropology, and Anselmic soteriology.
Volume 1 contains an overview of the philosophical influences on the Early Church, including Platonism, Aristotelianism, and other philosophical schools which left the imprint on the development of theology. He also chronicles the relationship between reason and revelation, and provides a history of Trinitarian theology and Christology.
A History of Christian Doctrine, vol. 2 can be purchased here.
William G. T. Shedd was born in 1820 in Acton, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Vermont, where he studied under James Marsh and encountered the writings of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He graduated in 1839 and entered Andover Theological Seminary, where he studied under Leonard Woods. At Andover, he became committed to Calvinism in general and Presbyterianism in particular. Upon graduating in 1843, he became a minister at the congregational church in Brandon, Vermont for two years. He taught at the University of Vermont from 1845 to 1852, at Auburn Theological Seminary from 1852 to 1854, and at Andover Theological Seminary from 1854 to 1862. He began teaching at Union Theological Seminary in 1864, where he remained until his death in 1894. While at Union, he defended the Reformed theology of Old School Presbyterianism against the increasing influence of modernism and higher criticism. In addition to the works included in this collection, he is also well-known for his 7-volume Complete Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his Dogmatic Theology, available from Logos.