Another Trio of Great American Theologians

In a previous post I noted a trio of American theologians that have been dubbed the “Trinity of Great American Theologians.” As with any list there is bound to be different opinions. I recently started reading a book by Oliver Crisp, “An American Augustinian” which is about the American theologian W.G.T. Shedd (1820-1894). He says that Shedd “has been hailed as one of the most important systematic theologians America has produced.” (1) Crisp quotes Thornton Whaling (“Review of Shedd’s Dogmatic Theology” in Presbyterian Quarterly 9 (1895): 323) “‘the three greatest theologians which the American Church has yet produced are Jonathan Edwards, W.G.T. Shedd, and R.L. Dabney . . .'” (1n.1) The one theologian common to this list and the one in my previous post is Jonathan Edwards. So if you’re looking for some great American theologians to read you can add W.G.T. Shedd and R.L. Dabney to your list.

William Greenough Thayer Shedd



Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898)





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I am a 1997 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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3 Responses to Another Trio of Great American Theologians

  1. Shedd’s discussion around traducianism, et al. was immensely helpful to me years ago (Vol 2). I prize his work a great deal as he is perhaps one of the most philosophically informed theologians of the last 150 years. See p 6ff,


    • Louis says:

      I’ve not read much by Shedd. Crisp agrees that he is “a philosophical theologian”. (p. 9) That appeals to me in a lot of ways. As if I didn’t have enough to read I’ll have to add Shedd to my list. So many books. So little time.


  2. Daniel Lute says:

    I have Dabney’s lectures on systematic theology. It gives you a great picture of southern theology during the Civil War. Of interest is that he leaves out Bibliology. Brilliant man.


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