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Francis J. Hall Theology Collection (16 vols.)

by Hall, Francis J.

Longman, Young Churchman Co. 1895–1922

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Francis J. Hall Theology Collection (16 vols.)
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Overview

Francis J. Hall recognized the value of modern advances in knowledge and was convinced that Christianity could not be compromised by truth from any quarter—science, philosophy, and modernist biblical criticism. In fact, he believed that the best theology fully engages scholarship in all its forms. The Francis J. Hall Theology collection contains Hall’s 10-volume Dogmatic Theology, his 3-volume Theological Outlines, and his writings on the history of the Episcopal Church, kenotic theory, and the relationship between original sin and the theory of evolution.

As an Episcopalian, Hall writes firmly within the tradition of Anglo-Catholicism, and his theology conforms to the historical Christian faith. Yet he also aims to revisit the central doctrines of the church in order to address the practical conditions and the intellectual challenges facing each successive generation of Christians. The volumes found in this collection address the theological, philosophical, and scientific advances of the nineteenth century, and, as a whole, present a unifying summary of the Christian faith. In fact, Hall’s 10-volume Dogmatic Theology, included in this collection, has been widely compared to the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas in its theological depth and scope.

With the Logos edition of the Francis J. Hall Theology Collection, references to Church Fathers, medieval theologians, and Reformation scholars are linked, giving you instant access to other theological works relevant to your reading and research. Your digital library also allows you to perform powerful searches and word studies, and Scripture passages are linked to your Hebrew and Greek texts, along with your English translations! The Francis J. Hall Theology Collection is ideal for anyone interested in the relationship between theology and other academic disciplines in the late-nineteenth century, for anyone interested in Anglican studies, and for pastors, teachers, and students looking for a comprehensive and accessible summary of Christian thought.

Key Features

  • Hall’s 10-volume Dogmatic Theology, widely compared to the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas
  • Comprehensive subject indexes found in Volume Ten of Dogmatic Theology and in each volume of the Theological Outlines
  • Francis J. Hall's works on the history of the Episcopal Church, kenotic theory, and evolution.

Praise for the Print Edition

The author’s learning and wide reading are as conspicuous throughout the book as is his fidelity to the point of view…

Journal of Theological Studies

Dr. Hall is eminently qualified for the task he has undertaken…his style may be commended as a model of theological writing in English. It is clear, concise, direct, dignified, and elegant.

Irish Theological Quarterly

…marked by caution, balance, and restraint, and deserves to be carefully read.

Guardian

Dr. Hall uses his space well…he writes with candor and ability.

London Quarterly Review

Individual Titles

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 1: Introduction

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 273

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Volume One of Hall’s 10-volume Dogmatic Theology begins his treatment of the entire range of Christian doctrine. He devotes significant attention to the task of devising a systematic theology, since devising a structure of theology is itself a profound act of theological reflection. Hall also summarizes the history of theological literature by outlining the long tradition of theological inquiry—the key thinkers and events which have shaped the faith we have inherited.

This volume also defines the parameters of Hall’s theological project and serves as an introduction to his method. In particular, Hall writes at length about sources of knowledge, including the relationship between theology and the liberal arts, between theology and science, and between theology and reason. Hall’s introduction to Dogmatic Theology contained in this volume fills a particular gap in Anglican theology and grounds the remainder of Hall’s theological enterprise.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 2: Authority, Ecclesiastical and Biblical

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1908
  • Pages: 300

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When the Bible seems to conflict with reason, which should we trust? And what is the relationship between the church’s authority and biblical authority? In Volume Two of Dogmatic Theology, Hall argues that three conflicting sources of knowledge about God and the world constantly vie for our attention and allegiance: ecclesiastical authority, biblical authority, and reason. Each is vital and necessary—along with human experience and the grace of God—for attaining knowledge of God. But in many cases, reason, Scripture, and the Church contradict one another. Whom should we trust?

In this volume, Hall shows how biblical authority, ecclesiastical authority, and the faculties of reason do not stand in opposition, but can all reinforce one another. Each expands our knowledge of God and the world and enriches the process of spiritual growth. Hall outlines a broad history of ecclesiastical authority and the tradition of the church, including the church councils and the development of the creeds. He also argues that biblical interpretation cannot be done apart from the church, since modern interpretation inherits 2,000 years of Christians, who have attempted to understand the words of Jesus in their own historical and social context. In the end, Hall explains that biblical authority, ecclesiastical authority, and reason often coalesce to expand our knowledge of God, the church, and the world. This volume helps us find points of intersection—rather than disparity—and helps deepen our theological understanding.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 3: The Being and Attributes of God

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1909
  • Pages: 310

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We cannot understand anything—even ourselves—without studying God first, since we are made in God’s image and since the entire creation bears an imprint of the divine. In this volume, Hall attempts to revive the love of the study of God—the greatest subject for human study and the greatest truth in need of reassertion. Hall addresses the method of the doctrine of God and investigates God’s being and attributes. He also devotes significant attention to moral, teleological, and ontological arguments for God’s existence.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 4: The Trinity

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 316

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Francis J. Hall calls the doctrine of the Trinity “the most fundamental and significant of Christian doctrines,” for it determines the meaning of all Christian doctrine and practice, and the entirety of the Gospel depends on its truth. In fact, says Hall, it is impossible to understand Christianity without first understanding the doctrine of the Trinity. As long as the doctrine of the Trinity is neglected, Christianity constitutes little more than an abstraction.

Hall’s volume on the doctrine of the Trinity contributed to the resurgence of the study of Trinitarian theology in the twentieth century in both Roman Catholic and Protestant circles. He includes chapters on the divine persons, the economic Trinity, the biblical evidence for the Trinity, and the controversial history of the doctrine. This robust and intelligible doctrine of the Trinity is needed more than ever today for vindicating and revitalizing belief in a personal God.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 5: Creation and Man

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 353

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Volume Five of Hall’s Dogmatic Theology addresses the increasingly tense relationship between theology and the natural sciences, as well as the rise and popularity of the theory of evolution. Hall shows how theological and natural sciences deal with different forms of knowledge—theology treats divine aspects of reality, while science is concerned with the physical and phenomenal aspects. This volume develops a model for the relationship between theology and science which can benefit both.

This volume borrows heavily from Evolution and the Fall, also included in this collection.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 6: The Incarnation

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 353

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Who is Jesus? This question has caused controversy and provoked church splits, and the answer has eluded Christians for centuries. In his volume on the incarnation, Francis J. Hall shows how the Council of Chalcedon correctly describes the “full humanity and full divinity” of Jesus and defines the boundaries of Christological speculation. The one central truth of Christianity is that the historic person, Jesus Christ, was, and is, both God and human—not less fully God than really human, and not less completely human than truly God.

Yet Hall also believes that modern critical scholarship has thrown much light upon Christological problems. The task of theology is to address modern theories and skepticism in order to fortify and enrich the Christology of the early church and the doctrine of the incarnation.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 7: The Passion and Exaltation of Christ

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 323

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Volume Seven of Hall’s Dogmatic Theology deals with three central and complex mysteries of the Christian faith: the death of Christ, the resurrection and ascension of Christ, and his heavenly priesthood. Although Hall writes systematically, The Passion and Exaltation of Christ also constitutes an apologetic defense against modern skeptics of Christ’s death and resurrection. This volume accessibly outlines the central aspects of Christ’s ongoing ministry, remaining faithful to historic Christianity and sensitive to modern challenges.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 8: The Church and the Sacramental System

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 343

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The nature of the church and its system of sacraments has served as a source of controversy, division, and schism. In this volume, Hall outlines the doctrine of the church and explains its sacraments in order to further mutual understanding and overcome past conflict. This volume includes chapters on the mission and work of the Holy Spirit, the ministry of the church, the doctrine of grace, the doctrine of justification, and the role of the sacraments in the history of the Church. In this accessible and intelligible volume, Hall avoids abstractions and divisive terminology, and reminds readers of the primary purpose of the sacraments: outward signs of inward grace.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 9: The Sacraments

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 331

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Volume Nine of Dogmatic Theology continues and expands Hall’s doctrine of the church and the sacraments begun in Volume Eight. The ministry of the church and the role of the sacraments are interconnected, because they both point toward a new covenant based on God’s grace and our redemption. This volume promotes a fuller understanding of the fundamental doctrines of the church as they function with regard to the sacraments, and explains both the benefits and necessity of the sacraments in the life of the church. Hall also outlines the history and theology of each sacrament—including both Protestant and Roman Catholic sacraments.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 10: Eschatology and Indexes

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 286

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The study of Christ’s second coming suffers from wildly speculative biblical interpretation and conflicting theological assumptions. Since our knowledge of Christ’s second coming is limited, many eschatologies amount to little more than conjecture.

In this volume on eschatology, however, Hall surveys Jesus’ teachings and the apostolic understanding of Christ’s return. He begins not with guesswork or speculative interpretation, but by linking eschatology with the rest of the entire drama of creation, redemption, and restoration. Eschatology includes chapters on death, judgment, the finality of eternal punishment, God’s justice, and the mystery of life and the blessedness of heaven.

This volume also includes a comprehensive index to the entirety of Francis J. Hall’s 10-volume Dogmatic Theology.

Theological Outlines, Vol. 1: The Doctrine of God

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: The Young Churchman Co.
  • Publication Date: 1905
  • Pages: 166

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This first volume of Hall’s 3-volume Theological Outlines grew out of his teaching and regular interaction with students. These outlines served as a syllabus for his lectures, a reference guide for his students, and a clear and concise summary of Christianity for both scholars and lay readers. In these outlines, Hall avoids lengthy discussions, technical language, and theological abstractions. Instead, he writes in order to facilitate deeper and richer study.

Volume One of his Theological Outlines introduces theology, including the method of theological study, the relationship between theology and biblical study, the nature of divine revelation, and morality. This volume also includes an extensive subject index.

Theological Outlines, Vol. 2: The Doctrine of Man and of the God-Man

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: The Young Churchman Co.
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 157

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Volume Two of Hall’s Theological Outlines continues his concise summary of systematic theology. In this volume, Hall defends the doctrine of creation against alternative conceptions of the world’s beginning. He also explains the theological implications of humanity’s creation in the image of God. Hall also outlines the doctrine of sin, the providence of God, the problem of evil, and the effects of original sin.

The second of half of this volume is devoted to Christology. Hall summarizes the doctrine of the Incarnation, and explains the person and work of Christ, along with the offices of Christ’s work.

Volume Two concludes with an extensive subject index.

Theological Outlines, Vol. 3: The Doctrine of the Church and of Last Things

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: The Young Churchman Co.
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 157

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In Volume Three of his Theological Outlines, Hall reminds readers of the prominent place of grace in Christian doctrine. He also summarizes the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, the ministry of the church, the offices of the church, and the relationship of the sacraments to the rest of the life of the church. He also devotes significant attention to eschatology, including death, the intermediate state, the resurrection, and eternal life.

The Historical Position of the Episcopal Church

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: The Young Churchman Co.
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 71

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What does the Episcopal Church claim to stand for? And how can its history help address modern challenges?

In this lecture given in 1894 at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and again before the Chicago Episcopal Clericus, Hall speaks openly and honestly about differences and challenges in the Episcopal Church. He shows the church aims to preserve the covenant between God and humanity, preserve the revelation of God in history, and preserve church unity—in spite of controversy and division. In this volume, Hall reminds readers that God preserves the church despite insurmountable challenges, and the church plays an integral role in revealing God to the world.

The Kenotic Theory, Considered with Particular Reference to Its Anglican Forms and Arguments

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1898
  • Pages: 247

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The kenotic theory of Christ’s incarnation—drawing from Philippians 2—articulates a doctrine of the incarnation in terms of Christ emptying himself and becoming a servant. According to kenotic theory, Christ abandoned aspects of his omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence in order to “humble himself” and become a human being.

In The Kenotic Theory, Hall aims to show that the kenotic theory of Christ’s incarnation overlooks the fundamental reality that Christ was not only fully human, but also fully God, and therefore continued to possess omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and other elements of his divine nature—even as a human. He introduces the origin and development of kenotic theory, as well as the issues at stake, and helps readers navigate through difficult—though fundamentally important—interpretive and theological difficulties.

Professor Hall has presented us with a strong plea for the orthodox and traditional teaching on the side of the doctrine of the Incarnation.

The Churchman

It is his thorough grasp of those fundamental principles that has enabled Dr. Hall to give us in his Kenotic Theory a theological treatise of more than ordinary value. It has the singular charm of being direct, to the point, lucid, and without verbiage from beginning to end…Dr. Hall… lays down, with exactness and precision, the question at issue…Dr. Hall has done good work in discriminating as he has done between the views of the Kenotic Schools…

Living Church

Evolution and the Fall: The Bishop Paddock Lectures 1909–1910

  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1910
  • Pages: 225

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Evolution and the Fall contains lectures delivered on the centennial of Darwin’s birthday and the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species. In these lectures, Hall proposes an intelligent discussion of the bearing of evolutionary theory upon Christian doctrine, and offers new possibilities for the broader relationship between science and theology.

Hall argues that neither evolution in general, nor any specific scientific theory of evolution can wholly explain the doctrine of original sin. At the same time, he begs Christians not to abandon the enterprise of scientific inquiry, regardless of their opposition to Darwin. Hall shows that one may frankly and fully accept Darwin’s theory—and other scientific hypotheses—without compromising Christian belief, and doing so, in fact, fortifies both theological understanding and scientific inquiry.

Hall’s lectures anticipate many of the scientific and theological flashpoints in the century which followed. Arguments both for and against evolution in Christian circles are indebted to Hall’s careful analysis of evolution in the early days or Darwinism, and helped set the tone for the dialogue between theology and science throughout the twentieth century.

It would be good if all theologians who write on the evolutionary hypothesis manifested the same knowledge and appreciation of its strong and weak points.

Christian World

Product Details

  • Title: Francis J. Hall Theology Collection
  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Volumes: 16
  • Pages: 4,190

About Francis Joseph Hall

Francis Joseph Hall was a prominent Episcopal theologian in America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was born in 1857 in Ashtabula, Ohio, and graduated from Racine College in 1882. He was ordained in 1886 and became professor of dogmatic theology at Western Seminary in Chicago, where he remained until 1913. Hall died in 1933.