A. A. Hodge (1823-1886), son of Charles Hodge, first issued this, his best known work, in 1860 following three years' missionary work in India and eleven in American pastorates. In the opinion of C. H. Spurgeon, Hodge went far to reaching his aim of, "in gaining breadth we may not lose height, and in gaining peace and love we may not lose purity and truth."
This book is a must for any Christian library, A. A. Hodge lays out in wonderful and understandable form a systematic thinking toward God. Each chapter broke down into understandable and easy to comprehend form. From chapter 1 "Christian theology; its several branches; and their relation to other departments of human knowledge." To chapter 43 "the Lord's supper" Mr. Hodge brings theology to life. A must in my opinion for any pastor, teacher or individual who wants to further their knowledge of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The explanation of Angels and the rise and fall of Satan are well explained.