“The Apex of My Life”

Paul C. Gutjahr

in Charles Hodge

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740420
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894703 | DOI:
“The Apex of My Life”

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Chapter fifty-five examines Hodge’s fifty-teaching jubilee celebration held at the Seminary in 1872. More than five hundred attended, and he called the event: “the apex of my life.” It was the first such academic celebration of a professor to be held in the United States, following a tradition that was common in European institutions of higher learning. It was during these ceremonies that Hodge uttered his oracular statement: “a new idea never originated in this Seminary.” Just nine months after the event, Hodge’s brother, Hugh, died.

Keywords: Charles Hodge; Princeton Seminary; Jubilee; Semi-Centennial Celebration; William Henry Green; Joseph T. Duryea; Systematic Theology; Hugh Hodge

Chapter.  1908 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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