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What does it mean to be reformed? Reformed Theology in America answers this question by tracing three diverse strands of American Reformed thought: Princeton theology, Dutch Reformed theology, and Southern Reformed theology. In this historical survey several notable scholars, including George Marsden, Mark Noll, Stanford Reid, C. T. McIntire and Luder Whitlock, explore the ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Baker Academic (first published November 1985)
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Adam T Calvert
This book was truly helpful. If you're looking for a history of Reformed thought in America (who isn't ;o), then this book is for you.

Tracing five different streams of Reformed thought in America, the book devotes a chapter on the particular stream of reformed theology itself, and then two chapters after that on two different leader/advocates of that thought in its historical development in America.

The five streams that it traces are:
-The Princeton Theology
-The Westminster School
-The Dutch Schoo
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Chris Comis
This was a great overview of the three main contenders for the Reformed tradition in America: the Princeton Presbyterians, the Dutch Kuyperians, and the Southern Presbyterians. It really was pretty amazing to see all the differences and similarities between these groups. I'm wondering if the newly formed CREC is the melting pot of all three of these Reformed branches. Considering many of our distinctives, it would make sense.
Jacob Aitken
Some sections were better than others. Douglas Kelly's chapter on Dabney was the best in the book. He showed the true Christian heroism of Dabney (largely negated in the American Reformed world) and urges us all to live up to Dabney's standards.

The chapter on Van Til was fun, even if I am no longer a Van Tillian.

Hoffecker has a good chapter on Princeton.
viktor palenyy
A good introduction on the three major Reformed theological schools (and the majors figures therein) of thought in the US. Some essays are better than others. Fruitful chapters: Hodge, Warfield, Machen and Van Til.

PS: I must confess I only read the Princetonian and the Dutch portions of the volume.
Peter
- Interesting overview of different branches of reformed thought in America. As expected, certain essays are better written than others.
Jon Sedlak
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He is the author of numerous articles and books, including a series that was initi
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