The Principle of Protestantism: Lancaster Series on the Mercersburg Theology
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The Principle of Protestantism: Lancaster Series on the Mercersburg Theology

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Paperback, 268 pages
Published May 3rd 2004 by Wipf & Stock Pub (first published May 2004)
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Jacob Aitken
“Analysis of the Mercersberg Theology”
I come not to bury Schaff but to praise him. Such should be the mindset of those Christians who disagree with the Mercersberg Theology. It it represents a particularly fine analysis of European and American Protestantism up to the 19th century. Philip Schaff and John Williamson Nevin correctly identified many weaknesses within Protestantism and attempted a systematic reconstruction of the Protestant project with a particular emphasis upon the theology of Jo...more
CJ Bowen
Solid description of a significant problem facing Protestantism, and a correct though loose and theoretical prescription as to how to proceed. Schaff is correct that Protestantism cannot continue to live in the past, or pretend like the issues of days gone by are still the issues today. He is also correct to affirm that honoring our fathers means not regressing, either, back to medieval Christianity or Catholicism. In affirming that the need of the hour is the recovery of the importance of eccle...more
Jared Mcnabb
This excellent book is a call for a historical, catholic, and united Protestantism, against the forces of Roman Catholicism (and other such movements) one the one hand and low church sectarianism on the other. It is surprisingly timely with weaknesses of modern evangelicalism as well as the present mass of evangelicals exiting to Rome and Eastern Orthodoxy.

The last chapter at times is a bit disconcerting. Schaff begins extolling the virtues of German philosophy, theology, the German church and...more
Peter N.
An excellent, deep book by a man more known for church history than his theology. His claim, in 1844, that the two greatest threats to Protestantism were rationalism and sectarianism have proven to be true. One the most astounding aspects of the book is Schaff's ability to pull out what is good from almost any movement. He carefully dissects various parts of and views in the Church mining for what is biblical among the ruins. He does this with Roman Catholicism, rationalism, sectarianism and Ger...more
Story goes that Schaff really offended many sectarian Protestants of his day and now I know why. This book is as much about what is right about the Protestant church as it is about what is wrong with it. I expected it to be a bit more lively perhaps with historical narratival examples (considering Schaff's fantastic work in church history), but it turned out to be more technical. Otherwise I'd give it another star. I'd love to see a more readable version for today's pastor and informed layman.
Steven Wedgeworth
Sure to broaden your horizons of 19th cent. "Reformed" theology. Sometimes peculiar, this book is always excellent. An able defense against both Roman Catholicism and sectarian and non-catholic modern evangelicalism.
Steve Wilkins
this is my second time through this and it's good again.
Schaff is very convincing here.
Adam Ross
Review to follow.
Douglas Wilson
First rate.
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was born in Chur, Switzerland, and was educated at the gymnasium of Stuttgart, and at the universities of Tübingen, Halle and Berlin, where he was successively influenced by Baur and Schmid, by Tholuck and Julius Müller, by David Strauss and, above all, Neander. At Berlin, in 1841, he took the degree of B.D., and passed examinations for a professorship. He then traveled through Italy and Sicily as...more
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