The publication of a biography of Dr. Charles Hodge is an event which has been expected ever since his death. He was the most distinguished leader and theologian of the Presbyterian Church, in that portion of it whose sympathies naturally turned towards the seminary at Princeton. For fifty-eight years he was connected with that institution as an instructor, and for at least one-half of that period was its most prominent and widely-known professor. During the greater part of his life, he was regarded as the ablest defender of the doctrinal system which he held.
As a controversialist be had few equals in the country, and none among his own party. In his influence upon the minds of living ministers of the Gospel he had probably reached as large a number as any other theological teacher of our day. Few American professors in his own line, or even in any line, were better known in Europe. To pass over such a life without giving a record of its history to the world would have seemed to his admirers a violation of sacred duty, and to all a serious mistake.
When the volume now before us, therefore, was given to the public, near the close of the last year, it was welcomed by many readers in various parts of the country. It has been perused, as we cannot doubt, with great interest both by those who were once the theological adversaries of the distinguished professor, and by those who were his friends. It has left its own impression wherever it has been read. - Taken from a review in "The New Englander" by Professor Timothy Dwight.
Pastor, preacher, missionary, theologian, educator, and churchman, Archibald Alexander Hodge (1823 – 1886) was the first-born son of Charles and Sarah Hodge. He served several years as a Presbyterian missionary to India. He received a call, in 1864, to serve as Professor of Systematic Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. In 1878 he returned to Princeton Theological Seminary as Professor of Didactic and Exegetical Theology. His outlook predates modern evangelicalism’s interest in the integration of faith with learning and the development of a Christian worldview which seeks to integrate all aspects of the created order under Christ’s lordship.