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In response to Finney's Lectures on Theology, by Charles Grandison Finney, Charles Hodge, had some poignant things to say in response, and some pretty snarky rejoinders, I must say it's definitely worth the read. Here are a few excerpts to get you interested.
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"Our object at present, however, is not to discuss principals, but to state the general character of this work. It is eminently logical, rationalistic, reckless and confident. Conclusions at war with the common faith of Christians, are not only avowed
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Without hesitation but "sheer nonsense," "stark nonsense," "eminently nonsensical," are the terms applied to doctrines which have always had their place in the faith of God's people, and which will maintain their position undisturbed, long after this work is buried
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in oblivion.[1] Men have other sources of knowledge than the understanding, the feeble flickering light burning in the midst of misty darkness. If deaf to the remonstrance of our moral nature, to the protests even of the emotional part of our constitution,
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we follow that light, it belongs to history and not to prophecy to record the issue. It really seems strange when the first sentence of his preface informs the reader that "the truths of the blessed Gospel have been hidden under a false philosophy,"
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that the author, instead of presenting those truths free from that false ingredient, should write a book that hardly pretends to be anything else than philosophy. The attempt to cure philosophy by philosophy is a homoeopathic mode of treatment in which we have
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Very little confidence. (End Thread) *Apparatus* 1/3
" Inside of quotations obviously means Hodge, is quoting Finnley. Hodge's main problem at the point I took from the excerpt, is Finney, spinning out Moral Philosophy, but calling it Systematic Theology.
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[1] On p.499 after referring to Dr. Griffin's assertion that until the heart is changed by the Holy Spirit, the Gospel excites its enmity to God, Mr. Finney exclaims, "O orthodoxy, falsely so called, how abused and false thou art; what an enemy thou art to God;
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What a stumbling-brook to man; what a leaven of unrighteousness and hell is such a dogma as this!"
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