John Williamson Nevin

John Williamson Nevin, 1803–86, American theologian and educator, b. near Strasburg, Pa., grad. Union College, 1821, and Princeton Theological Seminary, 1826. He was professor of biblical literature (1830–40) in Western Theological Seminary at Allegheny (now part of Pittsburgh), and from 1840 he taught theology at the German Reformed Church Seminary, Mercersburg, Pa. He served (1841–53) as acting president of Marshall College, which in 1853 became part of Franklin and Marshall College; there he was president from 1866 to 1876. His writings and teachings gave rise to what was called the Mercersburg theology. Among his works are The Anxious Bench (1843), The Mystical Presence (1846), and Anti-Christ; or,The Spirit of Sect and Schism (1848).

See studies by T. Appel (1889, repr. 1969) and J. H. Nichols (1961).

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John Williamson Nevin: American Theologian
Richard E. Wentz.
Oxford US, 1997
The Shaping of American Religion
James Ward Smith; A. Leland Jamison.
Princeton University Press, vol.1, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "John Williamson Nevin and the Mercersburg Movement" begins on p. 267
Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians
Patrick W. Carey; Joseph T. Lienhard.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Nevin, John Williamson" begins on p. 377
Critical Issues in American Religious History: A Reader
Robert R. Mathisen.
Baylor University Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "The Anxious Bench, 1844" begins on p. 160
The Uneasy Center: Reformed Christianity in Antebellum America
Paul K. Conkin.
University of North Carolina Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John Williamson Nevin begins on p. 169
Dictionary of Heresy Trials in American Christianity
George H. Shriver.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of John Williamson Nevin begins on p. 329
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