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

Shedd

 

Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898)

Dabney

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Another Trio of Great American Theologians

    • 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.

  1. 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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