Remembering Old Princeton
Amid the profound changes of the nineteenth century highlighted elsewhere in this issue, one institution that stood out for its fidelity to historic Christian orthodoxy was Princeton Theological Seminary. Founded as the first Presbyterian seminary in North America in 1812, it trained more than six thousand ministers in its first century, far more than any other school, giving shape to the confessional identity of American Presbyterianism. Among the titans of the faculty, four stand out: Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, A.A. Hodge, and Benjamin B. Warfield. There were many others, of course, but these four were most influential in establishing what church historian David Calhoun called the “majestic testimony” of the seminary from its founding until 1929.