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James Orval Filbeck

Archibald Alexander

". . . The same forces of infidelity which had made their way into the student body at Yale also encroached upon the minds of Princeton's students. But the energetic efforts of Archibald Alexander were felt through his crusade against disbelief. He was a distinguished Presbyterian minister, self-educated, and was licensed to preach in 1791. He served as president of Hampden-Sidney College for a time and in 1807 he went to Philadelphia to do ministerial work. In 1811 he assumed a professorship in the Theological Seminary at Princeton. He occupied this position until his death in 1851.

   In 1823 a group of students revealed the French influences upon their thinking. Alexander accepted the challenge through a sermon, the text of which was Luke 12:57: 'Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?' 'The discourse had a happy effect, and awakened so much attention that it was requested for the press.' This effort served to develop an interest in evidences on the part of Dr. Alexander. His chosen interest culminated in a small volume entitled, Outlines on the Evidences of Christianity. There were numerous editions in American and England, and the book served as a textbook in numerous colleges and schools. It was comended by President Talmadge: 'I consider it one of the most perfect models of classic English which is extant: a book to be closely studied by the scholar not only for its masterly moral demonstration, but for its lucidness and purity of language.'"

 

Filbeck, James Orval
The Christian Evidence Movement (1946)
pp. 98-99

Marcus Stenson