And a Mask That Fits


Here is a book that deserves a wide reading. I am really excited about it. I just got my copy in the mail today, but had the privilege of reading it some months ago for blurbing purposes. When I was done, I sent them two blurbs, the shorter of which they wound up using. At the tail end of this post, I have included the longer blurb, and you can pass judgment on their editorial discernment.

Here are the blurbs from the back cover.

“A notable example of intellectual reclamation and recovery. Sensitively and knowledgably discusses the issues of faith and reason, particularly in relation to apologetics, and then assesses the strength of the critique of ‘post-conservative orthodoxy’ against the Princeton theology.” Paul Helm, Regent College

“His argument is cogent, and it clears away the debris of unjust criticism so that we can again be delighted in the insights of Old Princeton Calvinism. As it turns out, the Old Princetonians are an attractive alternative to the confusions of modern liberalism and postfoundationalism.” John Frame, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Shows that Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, B.B. Warfield, and their peers were theologians of the heart, in essential continuity with the Reformation approach.” William Edgar, Westminster Theological Seminary

“At last — a book that gets the Princeton theology right!” David Calhoun, Covenant Seminary

“Does a fantastic job defending the theology and theologians of Old Princeton in a way that demonstrates their continuing relevance in these days of postorthodoxy.” Douglas Wilson, New St. Andrews College

“A not to be missed discussion of the spirited modern debate within evangelicalism with regard to the nature of truth and the place of doctrine.” Peter Jones, Westminster Seminary, California

Deserves a wide hearing . . . Heartily recommended.” Fred Zaspel, author of The Theology of B.B. Warfield

“We live in time when it is customary and common to disparage the theologians of old Princeton as men who capitulated to Enlightenment rationalism, abandoning the long stream of Augustinian humility in matters epistemic. In this book, Paul Helseth demolishes this pretension, demonstrating it to be just another Sasquatch story, of the kind so popular among trendy theologians. If one has spent a lot of time in the thin mountain atmosphere of post-conservatism, reading this book will be like coming across a hunter’s cabin that has a full oxygen tank in it, and a mask that fits.” Douglas Wilson, still at NSA