Robert Lewis Dabney
A Southern Presbyterian Life
Hardcover: 295 pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing
Author: Sean Michael Lucas
Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 1.3 pounds
Robert Lewis Dabney (1820–1898) was a Presbyterian theologian and educator who served on the faculties of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, the University of Texas, and Austin Theological Seminary. Those who knew him—both friends and foes—viewed him as larger than life, “closer to a biblical prophet than a theological professor,” writes Sean Lucas.
As this biography explains, “Dabney was far more complex than either historians or admirers concede.” He was “in many ways a representative man, one who embodied the passions and contradictions of nineteenth-century Southerners.” As such he “provides a window into the postbellum Southern Presbyterian mind” and a reminder of how important nineteenth-century theology is for contemporary issues and debates.
“A model biography—accurate, interesting, sympathetic, and critical. Dr. Lucas has mastered his material, and the result is a portrait of Dabney that will live on. Not only do we come to know the great Virginian better in this book, but we also are given a wonderfully nuanced treatment of the political, intellectual, and ecclesiastical climate of the nineteenth-century South.”
—David B. Calhoun, professor of church history, Covenant Theological Seminary
About the Author: Sean Michael Lucas (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) teaches church history at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the co-editor of the American Reformed Biographies series. He also co-edited The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards.