In 1872 Charles Hodge celebrated fifty years of teaching at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey. For half a century, Dr Hodge had trained almost three thousand ministers, missionaries and professors who had carried the gospel message throughout the United States and many parts of the globe. Hodge had a lasting impact upon generations of clergy in America who devoured his writings and found in them a source of great intellectual and spiritual nourishment
Charles Hodge was one of the most learned and influential of Presbyterians in an era when Presbyterianism in America was known for its learning and influence. He remains important because his theology became the norm for much of later conservative Presbyterianism. Donald Fortson’s brief biography provides a nice window into Hodge’s life and thought.