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.
Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898)