Chapter thirty addresses Hodge in his role as his denomination’s historian. In 1839, he decides to write a definitive history of American Presbyterianism. He completes two volumes, which show that he largely uses history to explain the present. He makes many connections between the New Side colonial Presbyterians and the New School Presbyterians of his own day. Archibald Alexander disagreed with his treatment of the Old Side, saying he was too rough on its activities and its ultimate benefits to American Christianity. Hodge refused to bring his history up to the present day, saying that would be better left for someone else.
Keywords: Charles Hodge, history, Ashbel Green, Archibald Alexander, Charles Finney, New Side, Old Side, New School, Old School, Schism of 1837, Schism of 1741, Gilbert Tennent, John Davenport, George Whitefield, Camp Meetings, revivals, Westminster Confession, Princeton College, Log College, Adopting Act of 1729
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