by R. L. Dabney Syllabus and Notes of the Course of Systematic and Polemic Theology Taught In Chapter Revealed Theology: God and His Attributes. This SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY is written from the reformed perspective by a man whom A.A. Hodge considered the best theologian in the United States in his. Robert Lewis Dabney (March 5, – January 3, ) was an American Christian Systematic Theology (); Sensualistic Philosophy of the Nineteenth.

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He was also chief of staff and biographer to Stonewall Jackson.

His biography of Jackson remains in print today. They were both CalvinistOld School Presbyteriansand social conservatives. Some conservative Presbyterians, particularly within the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Churchstill value their theological writings, although both these churches have repudiated Dabney’s and Thornwell’s beliefs on race and support of Antebellum slavery.

Robert Lewis Dabney was born on March 5, He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts degree inand received a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in He graduated from Union Theological Seminary in He served as a missionary in Louisa County, Virginiafrom to and pastor at Tinkling Spring Thwology Church from tobeing also head master of a classical school for a portion of this time.

He is considered a distinguished son of Providence Presbyterian Church.

They were married on March 28, They had six sons together, three of whom died in childhood from diphtheria two inthe other in From tohe was professor of ecclesiastical history and polity and from to daabney professor of systematic theology in Theoology Theological Seminary, where he later became full professor of systematics.


Inhe was appointed professor of mental and moral philosophy in the University of Texas.

Dabney defended the biblical “righteousness” of slavery, and opposed public schools. In the s, he wrote that it was unjust to tax “oppressed” white people to provide “pretended education to the brats of black paupers”.

He rejected “the Yankee theory of popular state education” and democratic government itself, which interfered with the liberty of the South. Byfailing health compelled him to retire from active life, although he still lectured occasionally. He was co-pastor, with his brother-in-law B. Smith, of the Hampden-Sydney College Church toalso serving Hampden-Sydney College in a professorial capacity on occasions of vacancies in its faculty.

Dabney, whose wife was a third cousin to Stonewall Jackson’s wife, participated in the Civil War: Dabney’s designs for the Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church and for two other churches in Virginia are credited with influencing church architecture in Virginia. National Register of Historic Places: Also expanded later into five volumes, with the fifth volume consisting of selected shorter works, edited by J.

Robert Lewis Dabney

Varner, published by Sprinkle Publications in Jackson, Samuel Macauley, ed. London and New York: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Any statements in [Thomas Cary Johnson’s History of the Southern Presbyterian Church ] in support of the institution of slavery or in support of racial supremacy should be clearly and obviously understood to be rejected by the Presbyterian Church in America, by the PCA Historical Center, and by the Center’s director.


Fifty-fourth General Assembly report. Slavery is a man-made institution, a sinful one at that, and it is rightfully abolished altogether. Social life in the Old South. Sketch of the Dabneys of Virginia, with some of their family records.

Chicago, Press of S. Dabney,” The Kaleidoscope, Vol. Virginia Department of Historic Resources. National Register of Historic Places. Johnson, Thomas Cary Life and Letters of Robert Lewis Dabney. The Presbyterian Committee of Publication. Lucas, Sean Michael A Southern Presbyterian Life. See also the review by Iain D Campbell.

Robert Lewis Dabney – Wikipedia

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