Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield

American theologian (1851–1921)

Benjamin Breckinridge (B.B.) Warfield (November 5, 1851February 16, 1921) was an American theologian and principal of Princeton Seminary from 1887 to 1921. Some conservative Presbyterians consider him to be the last great Princeton theologian before the split in 1929 that formed Westminster Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

B.B. Warfield


  • We must not, then, as Christians, assume an attitude of antagonism toward the truths of reason, or the truths of philosophy, or the truths of science, or the truths of history, or the truths of criticism. As children of the light, we must be careful to keep ourselves open to every ray of light. Let us, then, cultivate an attitude of courage as over against the investigations of the day. None should be more zealous in them than we. None should be more quick to discern truth in every field, more hospitable to receive it, more loyal to follow it, whither soever it leads.
    • Selected Shorter Writings (Phillipsburg: PRR Publishing, 1970), p. 463
  • From the empty grave of Jesus the enemies of the cross turn away in unconcealable dismay. Christ has risen from the dead! After two thousand years of the most determined assault upon the evidence which establishes it, that fact stands. And so long as it stands, Christianity too must stand as the one supernatural religion. The resurrection of Christ is the fundamental apologetical fact of Christianity.
    • The Person and Work of Christ (The Presbyterian And Reformed Publishing Company, 1950) p. 543
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