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The Life and Ministry of B.B. Warfield

In this episode, Jim Cassidy and Mark Winder catch up with John Muether to talk about his forthcoming book on the life of B.B. Warfield, the great old Princeton theologian. We cover various topics including the lion of Princeton’s take on evolution, his care for his wife, his doctrine of Scripture, and his position on the Confession of 1902. We wrap up with drawing practical lessons from his life we can apply today.

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Shawn Ritenour

7 years ago

Dear Gentlemen,

For someone like myself, who knows very little about the life of Warfield, this show was tremendous. Keep up the good work.

Best wishes,

Shawn Ritenour

Daniel Vos

7 years ago

Thank you for this program on B.B. Warfield.

Several years ago, I came across a passage from B.B. Warfield’s sermon entitled “Imitating the Incarnation.” This passage so caught my attention that I put it on a note-card and taped it to my desk. Here is the passage:

“Self-sacrifice means not indifference to our times and our fellows: it means absorption in
them. It means forgetfulness of self in others. It means entering into every man’s hopes and fears,
longings and despairs: it means manysidedness of spirit, multiform activity, multiplicity of
sympathies. It means richness of development. It means not that we should live one life, but a
thousand lives,—binding ourselves to a thousand souls by the filaments of so loving a sympathy that
their lives become ours”

Read the full sermon here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/files/2010/09/Warfield-Imitating-the-Incarnation2.pdf

Mark G

7 years ago

Thank you very much for this enjoyable program. I developed an interest in Warfield, Hodge, and the other old Princeton guys early in my personal history with reformed theology, i.e., while working on my Ph.D. in Zoology. Through this I eventually discovered Geerhardus Vos’s Biblical Theology. Old Princeton & Vos have significantly influenced my understanding of reformed theology so I found this discussion very interesting, especially on the nuanced position of Warfield on evolution by natural selection &, evangelicalism & inspiration.

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