James Henley Thornwell

The “Charles Hodge of the South” (or better yet Charles Hodge was the J.H. Thornwell of the North) was the Dean of Southern Presbyterianism during the early-to-mid 1800’s. His writings are unfortunately much neglected in our day as Southern Presbyterianism itself has been purposefully and systematically expunged from seminary and church instruction. While he most assuredly has been apologized to death for being a “man of his time” in regards to his views on slavery et al I do not wish to spend time excusing and deliberating on his antiquarian views on certain subjects. What I do intend to do is spend a week or so giving you a taste of his brilliant theological mind. It is my hope that just as R.L. Dabney’s Systematic Theology has found its way back into print (find it here) that someone will take the effort to re-publish Dr. Thornwell’s 4-Volume Collected Writings as well as Benjamin Morgan Palmer’s Life and Letters of James Henley Thornwell.(Google Books here)

Here is his short Wikipedia entry.


9 thoughts on “James Henley Thornwell

  1. Check out Solid Ground Christian Books in Birmingham, AL. – QUICKLY! They reprinted that four volume set a few years ago, and after having sold their remaining stock, just recently posted notice that they had located another 25 sets, 13 of which had already sold when they posted that notice. Not sure of the price off-hand.

  2. Wayne,

    I have only been able to find Vol. III on Google Books. Can you point me towards the other ones?


  3. When you enter the initial search in http://books.google.com/ for “James Henley Thornwell”, a set of returns pops up. Among those you will see that one that turns out to be the third volume. But before you click on that link, look at the last item in the third line of the description, “More Editions”. Click that and up will pop links to all four volumes, two in 1873 and two in 1871.

    Is that clear as mud?

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