James P. Boyce was born January 11, 1827, in Charleston, S.C., of Mr. and Mrs. Ker Boyce, considered the wealthiest man in South Carolina. He was of Scot-Irish and Presbyterian descent on his fathers side, his mothers family being the Johnston family which produced many lawyers, judges and statesmen in the Carolinas. Charleston was the most cultured American city of that day, and young Boyce entered the best homes and had the best education available at Charleston College, Brown University (R.I.) and Princeton Seminary (N.J.)
As a child, the good natured and rotund Boyce was always inclined toward books rather than athletics. He was raised hearing some of the greatest preachers in America: Basil Manly, Sr. (under whom Boyces mother was converted and became a Baptist in 1830), Richard Fuller (whose preaching influenced Boyces conversion while home from Brown) and James Henley Thornwell, that great Presbyterian preacher and theologian. While a young man, Boyce once attended a Presbyterian church because he was enamored with a young girl. However, Boyce recalls that Thornwell preached so powerfully that he was held spellbound for one hour, forgetting about the girl. Boyce and Thornwell evidently became friends later during Boyces first pastorate in Columbia, S.C. Boyce was greatly affected by Thornwells Discourses on Truth published in 1854.
(from Abstract of Systematic Theology, James P. Boyce)
How came it (the Bible) to be written?
God inspired holy men to write it.
Did they write It exactly as God
Yes; as much as if he had written every word himself.
Oughtn't it, therefore, to be believed
Yes; as much as though God had spoken directly to us.
James P. Boyce
First President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
President, 1872-79, 1888
From A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine
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