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Theology as a Life: Theological Discourses from the Heart of J.H. Thornwell (Thornwell)

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This volume contains 13 Discourses covering a great variety of theological subjects from the heart of a leading Southern Presbyterian Theologian from the 19th century. Thornwell lived from 1812-1862 and was an American Presbyterian preacher and religious writer.


Discourse 1 - Outline of the Covenant of Grace

Discourse 2 - Theology as a Life in Individuals and in the Church

Discourse 3 - The Necessity and Nature of Christianity: Acts 17:16-34

Discourse 4 - Election and Reprobation: Defined and Defended from Scripture

Discourse 5 - The Necessity of the Atonement: Romans 1:16

Discourse 6 - The Priesthood of Christ: Hebrews 5:5,6

Discourse 7 - Christ Tempted as the Second Adam: Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4

Discourse 8 - The Gospel, God's Power and Wisdom: 1 Corinthians 1:22-24

Discourse 9 - The Personality of the Holy Ghost: Acts 19:2

Discourse 10 - The Nature of Salvation: John 3:17

Discourse 11 - Antinomianism: Defined and Explained

Discourse 12 - Christian Effort: Philippians 1:27

Discourse 13 - The Sacrifice of Christ, the Type and Model of Missionary Effort: John 10:17,18



J.W. Alexander once wrote the following of one of Thornwell's sermons, "His sermon was a model of what is rare, viz.: burning hot argument, logic in ignition, and glowing more and more to the end."

Henry Ward Beecher, the famous Northern liberal minister, wrote after Thornwell's death, "By common fame, Dr. Thornwell was the most brilliant minister in the Old School Presbyterian Church, and the most brilliant debater in the General Assembly. This reputation he early gained and never lost. Whenever he was present in the Assembly, he was always the first person pointed out to a stranger."

Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said of him, ""Thornwell (1812-1862) was one of the greatest preachers that America has ever produced. Here, I think, we have the perfect combination of brilliance of intellect and profound theological and philosophical knowledge, together with pulpit eloquence of the highest order."