Laurens Perseus Hickok lectures  1847-1848
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This volume (about 500 pages) contains Samuel Miner Campbell's manuscript transcriptions of lectures delivered by Laurens Perseus Hickok, professor of Christian theology at Auburn Theology Seminary, in 1847 and 1848. The subjects include the nature of God, the authority of the Bible, the sacraments, and divine justice.

When he was at Auburn Theological Seminary, Reverend Samuel Miner Campbell attended Hickok’s lectures entitled "Theology Natural and Revealed." The lectures are divided into 3 sections: Natural Theology (9 lectures, pp. 1-68), Doctrinal Theology (55 lectures, pp. 70-377), and Positive Institutions (11 lectures, pp. 379-429). The "Natural Theology" lectures concern the nature of God and divine providence, while the lectures on "Doctrinal Theology" pertain to the Bible and its interpretation. Among other topics, these sections address the authority of biblical text and the role of Jesus Christ in Christian theology, as well as original sin, atonement, faith, and election. Hickok's lectures on "Positive Institutions" focus on the sacrament of baptism, the Lord’s Supper, the Sabbath, marriage, and civil government.

The last section, after page 429, contains "The two administrations of the Divine govt. over man;" the first is entitled "Administration of Justice," and the second, "Administration of Grace." These concentrate on sin, punishments, rewards, and the administration of divine justice, drawing from to the creation story, and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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