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Charles HodgeGuardian of American Orthodoxy$
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Paul C. Gutjahr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.001.0001

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The State of the Country and the Church

The State of the Country and the Church

(p.311) 49 The State of the Country and the Church
Charles Hodge

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Chapter forty-nine examines Hodge’s early engagement in the events surround the beginning of the Civil War. Hodge was strongly pro-Union, and wrote early about the need to keep the Union intact. In this effort, he wrote one of his most famous and widely read Repertory articles: “The State of the Country.” Once it became clear that Lincoln’s election would lead to succession, Hodge attempted to keep Southern and Northern Old School Presbyterians united. This effort also failed as James Thornwell and Benjamin Morgan Palmer led Southern Old School Presbyterians to form their own denomination. Hodge had little sympathy for the South, who he saw unlawfully seceding as it turned its back on the Constitution, but he worked hard to attempt to avoid the breakup of the Union.

Keywords:   Charles Hodge, Constitution, James Thornwell, Missouri Compromise, Henry Boardman, Hugh Hodge, The State of the Country, Kansas-Nebraska Act, slavery, Fugitive Slave Law, Natural Law, Benjamin Morgan Palmer, Dred Scott Case, Gardner Spring

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