Hodge, Charles





Books  (22)

A Collection of Tracts in Biblical Literature, 1825, 601 pages

A survey, review and refutation of the latest liberal biblical scholarship of Hodge’s day

An Commentary of the First Epistle to the Corinthians,  Buy  1860, 411 pages

Especially helpful on the traditional view of 1 Cor. 14, that speaking in tongues involved real languages and there is no edification apart from understanding, contra pentecostals and charismatics

Questions adapted to Dr. Hodge’s Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians1857, 132 pages

Very helpful for Bible studies.  Try it in preparing messages on 1 Corinthians!

An Commentary of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians,  Buy  1862, 317 pages

Hodge is one of the best exegetes.  Turn to him first.

A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians, HTML  Buy  1860, 205 pages

All of Hodge’s commentaries are first rate.  He is a master at concise, lucid exposition.

A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans,  Buy  1837, 472

A classic and solid phrase-by-phrase exposition of this important book

Questions on the Epistle to the Romans: Designed for Bible Classes and Sunday Schools1846, 186 pages

Very helpful for bible studies on Romans.  Also try using it in preparing messages on Romans.

Conference Papers, 1879, 408

Familiar Lord’s Day afternoon addresses to Princeton students, arranged in topical fashion

The Constitutional History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Part 1,  Part 2  Buy  1839, 267 & 532 pages

An important and authoritative documentary history of the beginnings of presbyterianism in America, tracing it through its various splits and unions up to Hodge’s day.  Read his strict-subscription interpretation of the Adopting Act 1729, the defining act that binds ministers by their vows to the Confession.  Part 2 takes the history up to 1789 when the presbyterians formed a national church in America after the War of Independence

Discussions in Church Polity  Buy  1878, 560 pages

This and his Essays and Reviews are the main source for Hodge’s important and influential writings in church theory and practice, especially in the context of the 1800’s debates between the northern and southern presbyterians.  In it you will find him defending the historic reformed view that the Roman Catholic Church is part of the Visible church, that her baptism is valid, and that baptized infants are under the discipline of the church.  On the other hand he argues against the historic reformed view of the Establishment Principle for a Voluntary position with regard to Church and State, and for an Americanized three office view of church government.  In his day the new issue came up of church boards, which he defends, as opposed to the more rigorously Biblical view of Thornwell against them.  Many other interesting points of polity are also discussed.

Essays and Reviews, 1857, 661 pages

In this you will find Hodge taking up the interesting subjects of Regeneration, the Atonement, Theories of the Church, that the Roman Church is part of the Visible Church, the Lord’s Supper, Slavery (which he is against) and Emancipation, amongst others.

Systematic Theology:  Buy  1871/2, Re-typeset PDF

vol. 1 – Theology, 625 pages

vol. 2 – Anthropology695 pages

vol. 3 – Soteriology and Eschatology, 800 pages

Index, 120 pages

Hodge’s Systematic is a classic and has rightly earned him a place as one of America’s preeminent theologians

Systematic Theology: a Series of Questions Upon the Lectures Delivered, 1865, 150 pages

The Way of Life,  Buy  1842, 328 pages

Popular treatments of the practical teachings of Christianity aimed to produce holiness 

What is Darwinism?  Buy  1874, 190 pages

Hodge takes up the theory of Evolution and has concluding sections titled, “The Evolution Theory Contrary to Facts and to Scripture,” and “Darwinism Tantamount to Atheism.”


Chapters from Books  (14)

(Every chapter from his Systematic Theology is available and indexed online here)

Commentary on Rom. 5:12-21, on Adam, Original Sin, Imputation, Christ, Justification, etc.

Delivered from the Law as a Rule of Justification – Now Joined to Christ, from his Way of Life

Faith and Repentance, from his Way of Life, chs. 6 & 7

Finney’s Lectures on Theology, HTML, from the Princeton Review (April, 1847) and subsequently printed in Hodge’s collection of articles, Essays & Reviews, 1857, p. 245-284.  Charles Finney was a strongly semi-pelagian, man-oriented revivalist whose Lectures on Theology have had a strong and detrimental influence on the American church.

Ground of Faith in the Scriptures, a review of an essay by James H. Thornwell entitled, “Review of the Arguments of Romanists from the Infallibility of the Church and Testimony of the Fathers in behalf of the Apocrypha, discussed and refuted.” It was first published in the Princeton Review, 1845, and subsequently in Essays & Reviews, 1857, p. 185-200

Justification, from his Systematic Theology, vol. 3,  Buy  21 pages

More relevant today than it ever was with the rise of the errors on justification by the Federal Vision, Norman Shepherd, N.T. Wright, the New Perspective on Paul, etc. 

Let him who Boasts, Boast in the Lord, from his Commentary on 1 Corinthians, 1:26-31

The Nature and Necessity of a Public Profession of Religion, HTML,  Buy  from his The Way of Life, 1841

All too often Christianity is thought to be a personal opinion that one can keep to themselves and requires nothing.  Here is a Biblical corrective.  Christ said, “whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”  Mt. 10:33

The Nature of Tongues, from his Commentary on 1 Corinthians, 12:10, five paragraphs

Argues for the traditional interpretation that Biblical “tongues” were real, intelligible, foreign languages, not unintelligible babble, contra charismatics and pentecostals

Regeneration Necessary to Perceive the Beauty and Excellency of Divine Things, originally entitled, “Regeneration and The New Divinity Trend”, taken from the Princeton Review, 1846.  It is a review of “Regeneration and the Manner of Its Occurrence, A Sermon from John 5:24” by Samuel H. Cox, D.D., which advocated some common philosophic arguments against the doctrine of monergistic regeneration.  

Hodge refutes the synergistic teaching that the natural man’s decision to trust Christ must come from an indifferent moral disposition and shows that the only reasonable explanation for holy decisions is that they must spring from holy first causes and inclinations.

On Suing another Christian in Civil Court, from his Commentary on 1 Corinthians, ch. 6:1-11

The Theology of the Intellect and that of the Feelings, originally published in the Princeton Review of Oct., 1850. It was subsequently published in Hodge’s Essays & Reviews (NY: Robert Carter, 1857). This was a review of an article by Edwards A. Park (a professor at Andover Theological Seminary) titled “The Theology of the Intellect and That of the Feelings”, 1850 

The Total Depravity of Man, from his Way of Life, 1841


Articles  (20)

Arminianism and Grace, 1855, 93 pages

The Bible Argument on Slavery, 1860, p. 837, 46 pages, from Cotton is King and Pro-Slavery Arguments.  This article is different than his article on slavery in his Essays and Reviews

A brief account of the last hours of Albert B. Dod1845, 16 pages

But what is it to Eat and Drink Unworthily?  1860, from his Commentary on 1 Corinthians

Christianity Without Christ, from the Princeton Review, Apr., 1876, vol. 5, issue 18, p. 352-362

A Dissertation on the Importance of Biblical Literature, 1822, 64 pages

England and America, 1862, 38 pages

The Fugitive Slave Law, 1860, p. 805, 30 pages

Is the Church of Rome a Part of the Visible Church?  HTML, from the Princeton Review, Apr., 1846

Hodge’s answer is yes.

On the Nature of the Atonement, 1832, 169 pages

On the Necessity of the Knowledge of the Original Languages of the Scriptures, 1832, 42 pages

President Lincoln, 1865, 44 pages

The Reunion of the Old and New-School Presbyterian Churches, 1867, 37 pages

The Revised Book of Discipline, Re-typeset PDF, 1858, 30 pages

A Solemn Question!  Can the Protestants Conscientiously Build up the Churches of the Pope?  1873, one page, Hodge’s answer is yes.  There is a 13 page reply by Rev. Charles Chiniquy.

The State of the Country, 1861, 34 pages

The Subjects of Baptism, HTML, 1861, from The Princeton Review, volume 33

The Teaching Office of the Church, 1882, 16 pages

What is the “System of Doctrine?” HTML, 1936, the article is edited by Dr. J. Gresham Machen and contains extracts from Hodge’s Discussions in Church Polity

An article on confessional subscription and the meaning of the phrase “system of doctrine” in ministers’ and elders’ ordination vows

What is Meant by Adopting the Westminster Confession?  HTML, from the Princeton Review of 1867 and later published as Appendix II of A.A. Hodge’s The Confession of Faith, Banner of Truth edition, p. 420-426


Discourses, Addresses and Lectures  (5)

An Address in Response to the Proceedings Connected with the Semi-Centennial Commemoration of the Professorship of the Rev. Charles Hodge, 1872, p. 49, 5 pages

A Discourse Delivered at the Re-Opening of the Princeton Theological Seminary Chapel, Sept. 27, 1874 on 1 Cor 1:21, 1874, 36 pages

Funeral Address for Cortlandt Van Rennselaer, 1860, 10 pages

Introductory Lecture Delivered in the Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J., Nov. 7, 1828, 1828, 42 pages

What is Presbyterianism?  An AddressRe-typeset PDF, 1855, 80 pages



Funeral Sermon for the Rev. Jacob J. Janeway, D.D., 2 Tim. 4:7,8, no date, 20 pages

“He Preached Christ”, Acts 9:20, Sermon Preached… at the Memorial Services… [for] James Waddel Alexander, D.D., 1859, 17 pages, includes a sermon by John Hall, D.D.



The Faithful Mother’s Reward: a Narrative of the Conversion and Happy Death of J.B., who Died in the Tenth Year of His Age, 1853, with an Introduction by the Rev. Charles Hodge, 9 pages


A Letter

Is the Bible Infallible?  Speeches in the Rev. Dr. Dods’ Case in the Free Presbytery of Glasgow… with Dr. C. Hodge of Princeton’s Letter 1878, 68 pages, by Various.  Charles Hodge’s three page letter is on p. 34



Lecture Notes of Archibald Alexander on Theology, hand-written by Charles Hodge, 1818, 284 pages

A treasure.  Preserves the hand-writing of Charles Hodge as he was a seminary student under the first professor of Princeton.  This is the only form where Alexander’s Lectures on Theology are preserved.


Related  (6)

A Discourse Commemorative of the Late Dr. Charles Hodge, 1878, 24 pages, by Lyman Atwater

Discourses Commemorative of the Life and Work of Charles Hodge, D.D., LL.D., 1879, 75 pages, by William Paxton, Charles Aiken, Henry Boardman,

History of the Rise, Progress, Genius and Character of American Presbyterianism: Together with a Review of “The Constitutional History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, by Charles Hodge”, 1839, 254 pages, by William Hill, a contemporary (from the same year), critical review of Hodge’s work

The Life of Charles Hodge, D.D., LL.D.,  Buy  1880, 616 pages, by his son A.A. Hodge

A classic biography from one who knew him best

Questions on the Text of the Systematic Theology of Dr. Charles Hodge: Together with an Exhibition of Various Schemes Illustrating the Principles of Theological Construction, 1885, 196 pages, by A.A. Hodge, his son and successor at Princeton

Proceedings Connected with the Semi-Centennial Commemoration of the Professorship of the Rev. Charles Hodge, 1872, 142 pages, by Various, including Charles Hodge’s address of response, p. 49, 5 pages

A Review of Hodge’s Systematic Theology, 1890, p. 229, 52 pages, by Robert L. Dabney, a southern presbyterian