James Petigru Boyce: Southern Baptist soteriology in the Reformed tradition
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This thesis investigates the theology of the leading Southern Baptist theologian of the mid-nineteenth century, James P. Boyce. Chapter 1 examines the history of Reformed soteriology among Baptists to the time of Boyce. He is introduced with a biographical sketch, highlighting some of his theological influences. Chapter 2 is an analysis of Boyce's soteriology, primarily his views concerning total inability, unconditional election, and effectual calling. Chapter 3 examines in detail those influences that shaped Boyce's soteriology. Attention is given both to his contemporaries as well as his theological ancestors. Chapter 4 offers thoughts on what happened to Boyce's soteriology in Baptist life in the years that followed. The thesis concludes with a discussion of the contemporary value of his theology.