Old Princeton was the confessional institution in America for a century, the first of the great American seminaries. Its doctrinal outlook and methodology directly influenced James Petrigru Boyce, the founder of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (check out the brand-new website, by the way), the school that I think has inherited the mantle of Old Princeton (my dear friends at Westminster Theological Seminary–the excellent institution founded by my hero J. Gresham Machen–might have a thing or two to say here!), and at the very least has carried on its confessionally-grounded, theology-saturated, church-and-gospel-loving heritage.
Enough breathlessness. I’m saying all this to let you know that Credo Magazine, a must-read for any thoughtful Christian, has just released its August issue on Old Princeton. It looks terrific; here’s the blurb:
Each of us are indebted to those theologians of ages past who have gone before us, heralding the gospel, and even fighting to their last breath to keep the God of that gospel high and lifted up. It is hard to think of a group of men more worthy of this praise than those of the Old Princeton heritage. Men like Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, B. B. Warfield, J. Gresham Machen, and many others, stand in this rich heritage, men who defended the faith once for all delivered to the saints against the ever-growing threat of liberalism around them.
Since this year marks the 200th anniversary of Old Princeton (1812-2012), it is fitting that we devote ourselves to remembering and imitating these great theologians of yesterday, not because they are great in and of themselves, but because their example points us to the great and mighty God we worship. And who better to introduce us to these Old Princetonians than James M. Garretson writing on Archibald Alexander, W. Andrew Hoffecker making our acquaintance with Charles Hodge, Fred Zaspel reminding us of B. B. Warfield, and D. G. Hart increasing our love for J. Gresham Machen? Not to mention a very in-depth interview with Paul Helseth on Old Princton and the debate over “right reason.” May these articles and interviews inspire us so that in our own day we might experience a revival of this rich orthodoxy that has stood the test of time.