University of Vermont - Ariel Yearbook (Burlington, VT)

 - Class of 1896

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History of Christian Doctrine. Now reappears his preference for the ancients over the men of the hour, still more Hrmly grounded on the " conviction that there were some minds in the former ages of Chris- tianity who were called by Providence to do a work that will never be outgrown and left behind by the Christian Churchf' He goes to Athanasius for theology proper, to Augustine for anthropology, and to Anselm 'for soteriology. To a mind like that of Dr. Shedd there must have been deep congeniality in the learned Alexandrian so often exiled in the West, in the Latin rhetorician converted and raised to be Bishop of Hippo, and in the Abbot of Bec exalted to the archbishopric of Canter- bury. lt would be difhcult to name three souls in the Christian era to whom he would be more likely to fasten through aflinity than Athanasius ponderingthe problem of the Trinity, Augustine sounding the dark depths of Sin, and Anselm answering the question, " Cur Deus Homo ? " Dr. Shedd lectured on Systematic Theology from 1874 till 1890, and put forth as his Magnum Opus the volumes hearing the title, " Dogmatic Theology? He became Professor emeritus and spent his last years in studious retirement revising his latest works. A volume of "Theological Essayst' had appeared in 18775 " Literary Essays " in 1878 5 "Sermons to the Spiritual Man " in 1884, and a treatise on " Eternal Punishment " in 1886. It is noticeable that when a 10th edition of his " Homiletics " was called for in 1891, he t' seized the opportunity to add an appendix in order to illustrate the rhetorical theory which pervades the work, namely, that eloquence in its essential nature is ethical, not aesthetic," re- curring to the thought that inspired the outset of his career. A third volume supplementary to the " Dogmatic Theology 4' went to the press shortly before his death. He died at his home in New York city, Nov. 17, 1894. It is not necessary to coincide with Dr. Shedd in all regards in order to admire his splendid attainrnents and masterly ability. "These are my views," he would say, and there was an end of urging. But there was in him a certain quality to fertilize other minds, a voice to awake slumbering intellect, through calm lectures or through printed books, a certain vision and expression which went to the degree of mental fasci- nation or magnetism. He had limits in one direction and another. He himself recognized the fact that non omnia posszmzzifs omizes. But in his own way he rose alongside his comrades in learning and attained an alti- 91

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