It has been said that a people who forget their history are a people without a foundation and without a future. Although the history of Presbyterianism in the South compromises a rich theological and ecclesiastical heritage, it is virtually unknown today.
Morton H. Smith reminds us of the doctrinal roots of Southern Presbyterianism. Surveying the thought of James H. Thornwell, Robert L. Dabney, and numerous other key preachers and teachers, Smith highlights their views of biblical inspiration and divine election, as well as the doctrinal and constitutional distinctives of the Southern Presbyterian church. By learning from the church's past, Presbyterians of today can become better grounded for faithful living in the present and future.
About the Author
Morton H. Smith is Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America. He was a founding professor both at Reformed Theological Seminary, where he taught systematic theology from 1964 until 1979, and at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he is Academic Dean. He received the Th.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam.
Being Old School Southern Presbyterians, we have found Dr. Morton's Smith's studies of these 'Southern Worthies' to be inspiring and uplifting recalling that our Southern theological heritage is rich indeed.