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I Am Pleased to Announce . . . . "The Lion of Princeton: B. B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian"


Coming in January 2015, in both a print (Lexham Press) and an electronic version (Logos)!

You can pre-order the Logos edition here.  The price is right!  The Lion of Princeton



There’s little doubt about the impact B.B. Warfield has had on American Christianity. Some hail him for his apologetic and polemical skills, praising him as a defender of Reformed orthodoxy. Others view him with less regard—as too focused on the role of reason in faith and too devoted to the inerrancy of Scripture. But all agree that he is a man with whom one must reckon.

Despite the resurging interest in his life and work, Warfield’s views are often misunderstood. In The Lion of Princeton, Kim Riddlebarger investigates Warfield’s theological, apologetical, and polemical writings, bringing clarity to the confusion that surrounds this key figure of the Princeton tradition.

Riddlebarger provides a biographical overview of Warfield’s life and traces the growing appreciation for Warfield’s thought by contemporary Reformed thinkers. Furthermore, he evaluates the fundamental structures in Warfield’s overall theology and examines Warfield’s work in the field of systematic theology.

Warfield’s theological heirs revere his memory, while his critics continue to find his work misguided and his legacy troubling. “The Lion of Princeton,” as he was known, was certainly up for the challenge. We must therefore take a fresh look at the work of this great scholar, who was in many ways the most significant American apologist, polemicist, and theologian of his age.

Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key figures, themes, and issues in historical and systematic theology from an evangelical perspective.

In the Logos edition, this valuable volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Praise for the Print Edition

It has been a pleasure for me to learn more about Warfield as a colleague of Kim Riddlebarger. To my mind, Kim is a lot like Warfield: lucid and learned, measured and careful with his judgments, yet bold just where it’s needed. This book exposes us to Warfield on his own terms, and usually in his own words.

Michael Horton, professor of systematic theology, Westminster Seminary, CA

Kim Riddlebarger’s accounting of his philosophical influences raises again the controversial question of the role of Scottish Common Sense Realism in the Princeton tradition. All who owe a debt to Warfield’s vast erudition and evident devotion to Christ and the Scriptures will find much to enjoy in this portrait of The Lion of Princeton.

—Fred G. Zaspel, Author of The Theology of B.B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary


  • Introduction
  • Biography
  • The Wisdom of the Vulgar—Scottish Common Sense Realism and Princeton
  • New Testament Studies
  • Apologetics
  • Systematic Theology
  • Didactics and Polemics
  • Contemporary Critics

Product Details

  • Title: The Lion of Princeton: B.B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian
  • Author: Kim Riddlebarger
  • Series: Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: January, 2015

Reader Comments (3)

Congratulations! Definitely one with which to be pleased!! We'll look forward to obtaining a signed copy :)
November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarla Bywaters
Awesome, Kim. Liooking forward to it!
November 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Davilla
Yes! I am so glad to see this. When covering the Enlightenment, I have found the dissertation Appendix titled "The Wisdom of the Vulgar" so helpful and have recommended it to students. I see that it is to be retained in this new publication. Great!
November 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrett Provance

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