Welcome to the website for The Confessional Presbyterian, a journal for discussion of Presbyterian doctrine & practice. See our About page for background on the purpose and scope of the journal. We released our eighth issue at the end of 2012 (see contents below) and are currently accepting submissions for the 2013 which will be the ninth volume of the journal. Articles on Southern Presbyterianism and James Thornwell are particularly of interest. All back issues remain in print (2005–2011) and available in the Store. Purchase the 2012 issue here. To view table of contents for past issues see our articles page or see our updated author index for a listing of published material by author. We are currently accepting submissions for consideration for the 2013 issue.
2012 Issue of The Confessional Presbyterian
Topics: Princeton Seminary (1812–2012) / “Westminster Seminary California Distinctives?”
We are pleased to announce the contents for the 2012 issue of The Confessional Presbyterian which should go to press soon and be available sometime in December. Subscribe now and purchase in the online store. Our general theme is Princeton Seminary given the anniversary year (1812-2012), and our nearly dozen articles are listed below. The issue will be around 300 pages in length.
With the new issue, we are also pleased to have a new occasional feature we are calling “Views in Review,” which will be under the purview of the reviews editor. For the inaugural outing of the feature, we have a substantial section of around 85 or 90 pages, we are subtitling: “Westminster Seminary California Distinctives?” which will present three papers and three responses: I. Law and Gospel, by Michael S. Horton (Response by Mark Garcia); II. The Reformed Two Kingdoms Doctrine: An Explanation and Defense, by David VanDrunen (response by Jeffrey C. Waddington); III. The Republication of the Covenant of Works, by J. V. Fesko (response by Cornelis Venema). Next year we hope to reverse the roles and complete the exchange of views.
In addition to a short review section of about 20 pages (due to the new section) and our normal departments, we are pleased to have a first time and rather lengthy translation of a fairly late tract of John Calvin’s, where he opposed George Cassander’s attempt of a ‘middle way’ between Rome and Protestantism. This tract exhibits some important principles, and one in particular regarding the worship of God.
Please see the online store to purchase this forthcoming issue. We can only continue this worthwhile endeavor with your continued interest and support. All the back issues remain available at a special sale price for the set of seven previous issues. We will offer complete sets for purchase as long as issue 1 remains in print; after copies are exhausted, original complete sets will be unavailable.
The Confessional Presbyterian Volume 8 (2012) Contents.
3. Archibald Alexander & the Founding of Princeton Theological Seminary
By James M. Garretson
20. 1823–1830: The Establishment Of Princeton’s Polemic
By Allen Stanton
35. Samuel Miller’s Pastoral Theology
By Andrew J. Webb
44. Hodge and Thornwell: “Princes in Israel”
By C. N. Willborn
55. Old Princeton and American Culture: Insights from J. W. Alexander
By Gary Steward
65. The Old Testament at Old Princeton
By Benjamin Shaw
74. “Right Reason” and the Science of Theology at Old Princeton Seminary: A New Perspective
By Paul Kjoss Helseth
91. Princeton and Evolution
By Fred G. Zaspel
99. Some Personal Thoughts on B. B. Warfield’s Life and Significance: A Lecture
By Carl R. Trueman
109. The Reorganization of PTS and the Exhaustion of American Presbyterianism
By D. G. Hart
120. Archibald A. Alexander D. D. (1772–1851) An Annotated Bibliography
By Wayne Sparkman
Sic et Non. Views in Review: Westminster Seminary California Distinctives?
I. Law and Gospel
By Michael S. Horton with Response by Mark Garcia
II. Two Kingdoms
By David VanDrunen with Response by Jeffrey C. Waddington
III. Republication of the Covenant of Works
By J. V. Fesko with Response by Cornel Venema
Reviews & Responses:
Andrew Hoffecker, Charles Hodge: The Pride of Princeton (Barry Waugh).
Kevin Giles, The Eternal Generation of the Son: Maintaining Orthodoxy in Trinitarian Theology (James J. Cassidy)
N.T. Wright, How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels (Caleb Nelson)
Carl R. Trueman, The Creedal Imperative (W. G. Crampton).
Ryan M McGraw, The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath (Matthew Vogan).
Clinton Arnold, Ephesians, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Jimmy Hall).
Psallo: Psalm 16 (Todd L. Ruddell).
In Translatiōne: Calvin’s Response to a Certain Tricky Middler (translated from the French by R. Victor Bottomly).
Antiquary: James Henley Thornwell’s First Pastoral Ministry at the Waxhaw Presbyterian Church (Barry Waugh).