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John L. Dagg

...What was spoken and written by inspiration, came with as high authority as if it had preceded from God without the use of human instrumentality... Their peculiarities of thought, feeling, and style had no more effect to prevent what they spoke end wrote from being the word of God, than their peculiarities of voice or of chirography.

The question, whether inspiration extended to the very words of revelation, as well as to the thoughts and reasonings, is answered by Paul: "We preach, not in the words which men's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth."

John L. Dagg
President, Mercer University
Manual of Theology (1857)

Baptist historian Tom Nettles writes, "For clarity, cogency, and sincerity of expression, no theological writer of the 19th century surpasses John L. Dagg." Dagg was one of the bright theologins in the early American Baptist movement. His Manual of Theology is still widely available, and part 2 of that work, "A Treatise on Church Order" is available on the Web.

Biographical Sketch

Rev. John L. Dagg was born in 1794 in Loudoun County, Virginia and lived to be over 90 years old. He was one of the most respected men in Baptist life and remains one of the most profound thinkers produced by his denomination. The diversity of his works demonstrates this.

Autobiography of John L. Dagg

Manual of Theology, Vol. I

Manual of Theology, Vol. II

A Treatise on Church Order

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