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                                              The Theology of B.B. Warfield

“Well before the transdenominational convergence of what we now call the evangelical church, B. B. Warfield spent
forty years as the Presbyterian Horatius, holding the bridge that leads into the citadel of the Westminster Standards
against those he saw as spoilers from the wastelands of liberalism. A heavyweight academic and a complete player in
the fields of systematic, exegetical, historical, and polemical theology, he scattered his wisdom in hundreds of articles,
which this book surveys and integrates with great skill. Warfield can now be seen in his full stature as the godly giant
that he was, thanks to Fred Zaspel’s labor of love. Best thanks, and hallelujah!”
J. I. Packer
Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology
Regent College

“B. B. Warfield’s distinguished achievements as a systematic theologian have been obscured by the episodic, ad hoc
publication of his major theological statements. But even if Warfield did not think it necessary that he write a single,
connected systematic theology, it is nonetheless most welcome that Fred Zaspel has done the job for him! The result is
a very useful compendium that gives both admirers and detractors of Warfield a full and coherent account of his
theology. All who are in the least interested in Warfield or who care at all about vigorous Calvinist theology will find this
a most valuable book.”
Mark Noll
Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History
University of Notre Dame

“Serious Christians who have dipped into Warfield find his writings to be a wholly admirable mix of rigorous exegesis,
mature theological synthesis, and frank devotion to Christ. Much of his work is known only to specialists, not least
because when Warfield first published it, it was scattered over many journals and books. Indeed, a fair bit of it was
never published. Zaspel’s Theology of B. B. Warfield remedies the problem admirably. One hopes and prays that it
will entice a new generation of readers to delve deeply into Warfield’s contributions.”
D. A. Carson
Research Professor of New Testament
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“The ‘Lion of Old Princeton’ roars and purrs in this helpful survey. The author finely displays the passion and wit as
well as intellectual credibility of Warfield’s remarkable work.”
Michael Horton
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics
Westminster Seminary California

“B. B. Warfield was the last towering figure in a long line of Old School Presbyterian intellectuals known for their
unshakable faith in the truth of Scripture and their practical, experiential Calvinism. Both profound and prolific, Warfield
produced an invaluable body of theological and polemical writings that remain deservedly influential today. Fred
Zaspel’s work is the first detailed, readable digest of Warfield’s theology, and it is an immensely helpful volume. Dr.
Zaspel puts Warfield’s published writings in clear perspective against the theological issues that dominated that era. He
also shows how those same issues-and Warfield’s clear and persuasive teaching-remain relevant to us today. Dr.
Zaspel writes with such clarity and simplicity that this volume will be a valuable help and encouragement to lay people
and serious theologians as well-a highly recommended addition to anyone’s library.”
John MacArthur
Pastor, Grace Community Church
Sun Valley, California
President, The Master’s College and Seminary

“B. B. Warfield was without doubt the greatest of the theological minds of Old Princeton, and he remains a towering
influence within both his own confessional Presbyterian tradition and wider conservative evangelicalism. Nevertheless,
while his writings are still in print, clearly written, and very accessible, their occasional nature means that there is no
convenient way of gaining from them a good grasp of the overall shape of his theology. Until now, that is. In this
volume, pastor-theologian and passionate Warfield aficionado Fred Zaspel has produced a work of historical and
theological synthesis that sets Warfield’s thought in context and offers a comprehensive account of his thought on the
major loci of theology and the controverted points of his day. In this, Fred has left us all-the veteran Warfield fan and
the neophyte-deeply in his debt.”
Carl Trueman
Academic Dean and Vice President
Westminster Theological Seminary

“B. B. Warfield does not need an introduction for evangelical Christians. He is well known as a major conservative
theologian at the close of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. His scholarship in biblical,
historical, and doctrinal fields was often without a match. As a Professor in Didactic and Polemic Theology in Princeton
Theological Seminary, he was content to use the three volumes of Charles Hodge’s Systematic Theology as the
textbook and to pour out the fruits of his labor in a flow of searching articles in a number of theological reviews. Many
of these have been republished in book form, but they have not been systematically arranged in one text. That is what
Dr. Zaspel has done in culling from the great mass of Warfield’s writings his actual statements in the order they could
have followed had Warfield written a one-volume Reformed theology. In this form Warfield may enjoy a renewed
effectiveness for our age. With great enthusiasm I highly recommend this volume and hope it will receive a wide
Roger Nicole
Professor of Theology Emeritus
Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida

“The great B. B. Warfield was essentially an occasional writer. His works are largely made up of learned articles,
encyclopedia entries, and popular journalism. Fred Zaspel had the great idea of rendering this vast body of material
into a compendium, a Warfield systematic theology. He clearly has what it takes to do the job superbly well: a love for
his subject, care and attention to detail, and, above all, a thorough knowledge of Warfield’s writing. The result is a
book that does not replace the Warfield volumes, but provides an accurate, thematic entry into them. It will be of
inestimable benefit to all students of this outstanding Reformed theologian. Well done!”
Paul Helm
Teaching Fellow
Regent College

“This work is long overdue. That a theologian of the stature of B. B. Warfield should not have had a comprehensive
overview of his entire corpus, such as this one by Dr. Zaspel, says far more about the thinking of evangelicals and the
ranks of the Reformed in the twentieth century than it does about Warfield. This truly excellent and eminently readable
work will serve both as a primer to Warfield’s thought and as an outline of the systematic theology he never wrote.
Highly recommended.”
Michael G. Haykin
Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Director, The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies