by Archibald Alexander
The volume now given to the public comprises a brief system of theology, and may be found useful to such as may not have the opportunity of studying larger works. As it is not intended for the learned, but for plain, common readers, technical phrases and abstruse disquisitions have been avoided; yet, the author has attempted to establish every doctrine advanced, by solid arguments, derived from reason and Scripture. Being firmly persuaded, that divine truth is to be the grand instrument for the illumination and reformation of the world, he feels desirous to contribute his humble part towards its universal diffusion. So far as Bible truth is contained in this brief Compend, may the blessing of God attend it to the benefit of every reader! And if any thing erroneous has been uttered, may it be forgiven, and its evil tendency counter acted! - A. A.
"A Brief Compend of Bible Truth" by Archibald Alexander (1772—1851) is a remarkable work that stands as a testament to Alexander's deep commitment to both the Reformed tradition and the accessible presentation of biblical truths. Those in the Reformed community will appreciate Alexander's approach to theological discourse.
The book, composed in the early 19th century, reflects a period of rich theological exploration and commitment to doctrinal clarity within the Reformed tradition. Alexander, a notable figure in American Presbyterianism and a founding faculty member of Princeton Theological Seminary, brings a wealth of pastoral experience and theological acumen to this work.
In "A Brief Compend of Bible Truth," Alexander adeptly distills complex theological concepts into more manageable portions without sacrificing depth or scriptural fidelity. His style is both erudite and approachable, making this work suitable for both clergy and laypersons. The book covers key doctrines of Christian faith, including the nature of God, the person and work of Christ, the role of the Holy Spirit, and the application of redemption.
What makes this book particularly valuable is Alexander's ability to navigate doctrinal intricacies with a pastoral heart. His focus is not merely academic; it is deeply rooted in the desire to see lives transformed by the truths of Scripture. This quality resonates well with the ethos of the Reformed tradition, which emphasizes the primacy of Scripture and the necessity of doctrinally sound teaching for the spiritual health of the church.
You will be drawn to the historical and literary value of Alexander's work. His contributions to American Presbyterianism and broader Reformed theology are significant, making his writings, including this compendium, essential reading for those interested in the theological underpinnings of early American Protestantism.
Overall, "A Brief Compend of Bible Truth" is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of biblical doctrine from a Reformed perspective. It is a commendable blend of theological rigor, pastoral wisdom, and historical significance.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAP. I.—BEING OF GOD
CHAP. II.—PERSONALITY AND PERFECTION OF GOD
CHAP. III.—THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
CHAP. IV.—UNITY OF GOD
CHAP. V.—SPIRITUALITY AND SIMPLICITY OF THE DIVINE NATURE
CHAP. VI.—CHARACTER OF GOD
CHAP. VII.—THE HOLY TRINITY
CHAP. VIII.—DIVINITY OF CHRIST
CHAP. IX.—PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
CHAP. XI.—GOOD ANGELS
CHAP. XII.—BAD ANGELS
CHAP. XIII.—PROVIDENCE OF GOD
CHAP. XIV.—MAN'S PRIMEVAL STATE
CHAP. XV.—LAW OF GOD
CHAP. XVI.—FALL OF MAN
CHAP. XVII.—COVENANT OF GRACE; OR, PLAN OF REDEMPTION
CHAP. XVIII.—THE INCARNATION
CHAP. XIX.—THE EXPIATORY SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST; OR, THE ATONEMENT
CHAP. XX.—RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF CHRIST
CHAP. XXI.—MEDIATORIAL OFFICES OF CHRIST
CHAP. XXIII.—REGENERATION AND CONVERSION
CHAP. XXIV.—REPENTANCE TOWARD GOD AND FAITH IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
CHAP. XXV.—SANCTIFICATION; OR GROWTH IN GRACE
CHAP. XXVI.—GOOD WORKS; OR, CHRISTIAN DUTIES
CHAP. XXVIII.—ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
CHAP. XXIX.—PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
CHAP. XXX.—THE SACRAMENTS
CHAP. XXXII.—THE LORD'S SUPPER
CHAP. XXXIII.—THE LORD'S DAY AND DIVINE WORSHIP
CHAP. XXXV.—THE RESURRECTION
CHAP. XXXVI.—THE JUDGMENT
CHAP. XXXVII.—HEAVEN, OR, THE STATE OF GLORIFICATION