Charles Hodge (1797-1878)

Charles Hodge

A brief bio of Charles Hodge, a continuing Reformer in the Protestant Reformation:

In the 1800s, the most influential American Presbyterian Theologian was Charles Hodge. He taught at Princeton Theological Seminary for over 55 years, from 1822 to 1878.[1]


[1] M. A. Noll, “Hodge, Charles,” in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, ed. Walter A. Elwell (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1984), 513-14. Interestingly, in a letter to the editor of the Witness on February 29, 1860, William Cunningham, Principal of New College, Edinburgh (today, the University of Edinburgh), wrote against an article by J. A. Wylie. Without the knowledge of the editor, Wylie included an article in the Witness that was critical of Hodge. This prompted the letter from Cunningham that read, “Most people, I presume, are aware that he is one of the ablest and most influential expounders and defenders of Calvinism in the present day, and admirably accomplished in almost every department of theological literature. There is no living man entitled to treat him in the very peculiar style in which the author of the article referred to has thought proper to indulge. When he alleges that Dr. Hodge ‘wanders in darkness, and never for five minutes on end keeps clear of contradiction,’ that ‘in his pamphlet the contradictions are more numerous than the pages,’ &c., &c., he is propounding what is simply absurd—so absurd, indeed, as to be incredible.” A. A. Hodge, The Life of Charles Hodge D. D. LL.D.: Professor in the Theological Seminary Princeton N.J. (Philadelphia: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1880), 424.

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