Lectures in Systematic Theology, Robert L. Dabney; Zondervan Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.; 903 1 pp., $12.95. [Reviewed by Prof. H. C. Hoeksema]
This book was not actually sent me for review. I saw it advertised, and purchased it for my personal library. But because I consider it a worthwhile contribution to Reformed theology, and because it is representative of old-line Southern Presbyterianism, I am calling it to the attention of those interested in theological works by means of this brief notice. Incidentally, if the Zondervan Book Review department notices this, I hereby invite them to send books of this caliber to the Standard Bearer for review.
Robert Lewis Dabney had a varied and rather strange career. I would guess that the story of his life would make interesting reading. He was a pastor for six years. In 1853 he became a professor of church history and church polity. In 1859 he became a professor of systematic theology. During the Civil War, he served as a chaplain, but also served as Chief of Staff to General T.J. (Stonewall) Jackson—in the Confederate Army. Then he returned to systematic theology at Union Seminary until 1883. And finally he taught at the University of Texas in the Chair of Mental and Moral Philosophy and Political Economy.
Perhaps you wonder what kind of theology came from his pen?
Good, solid stuff! No, you will not agree with everything. But in the main, the theology is that of the Westminster Confession. There is a considerable amount of good polemics and apologetics intermingled. Here and there a fresh insight! If you enjoy reading theology, or if you are only on the market for another reference work in the dogmatics department of your library, here is a good volume. One could do far worse than to purchase Dabney’s work.