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Charles Hodge, 1797–1878, American Calvinist theologian, b. Philadelphia. He was associated with Princeton Theological Seminary, where, after graduation, he taught first Oriental and biblical literature and later theology for 58 years. His chief work is his Systematic Theology (3 vol., 1872–73). He also wrote The Constitutional History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (2 vol., 1839–40), Discussions of Church Polity (1878), and several widely used volumes of commentaries. He contributed the equivalent of many volumes to the Princeton Review, which he founded and edited for over 40 years. His biography was written (1880, repr. 1969) by his son Archibald Alexander Hodge, 1823–86, who succeeded to his place at the seminary.

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Hodge, Charles

Hodge, Charles (1797–1878). Calvinistic theologian. Ordained into the Presbyterian ministry (1821), he was educated at Princeton at which seminary he taught biblical studies, then theology, for most of his life. He wrote several New Testament commentaries as well as a 3-vol. Systematic Theology, and edited the Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review for over forty years. Firmly committed to the Westminster Confession, he held to the verbal inspiration and infallibility of scripture, though Hodge always remained tolerant to those who could not fully subscribe to his doctrinal position.

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