In theology and the closely related disciplines of apologetics and ethics, 1972 was productive but seldom original. No new systematic theology was presented, but two nineteenth-century Presbyterian classics, one from Richmond, the other from Princeton, were reprinted by Zondervan: the century’s leading Southern Presbyterian, Robert L. Dabney, who served as Stonewall Jackson’s chaplain and chief of staff, is represented by Lectures in Systematic Theology, and his younger Princeton Seminary counterpart, Archibald Alexander Hodge, by Outlines of Theology. Both works are of more than just historical value.
Under the general editorship of John P. Whalen and Jaroslav Pelikan, Westminster published four more volumes designated “Theological Resources.” One, Biblical Inspiration by Bruce Vawter, is an examination of the authority of Scripture from a Roman Catholic perspective. Drawing heavily on early theologians and generally sustaining the divine responsibility for and authorship of what Scripture teaches, Vawter parries liberal and existentialist tendencies without presenting a fully developed statement himself. A second volume, Jan Walgrave’s Unfolding Revelation, is really devoted to the development of doctrine, and makes an effort to absorb much that earlier Catholics would have abhorred, including the experiences of both Protestants and atheists, into a kind of history of philosophy-cum-theology with development as its leitmotif. More encyclopedic and less concerned with a single theme is Edmund J. Fortman’s history of trinitarian doctrine, The Triune God. Substantial and solid in dealing with the early Church, the Latin Middle Ages, and Roman Catholicism, the book is skimpy on Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism. It is nevertheless ...1
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