This volume was used for many years as a standard textbook in several theological seminaries throughout the United States. Dr. Shedd expounds almost every aspect of preaching; analyzing its nature, outlining the main features which should characterize powerful preaching and describing the approach, plan, actual construction and refinements of a sermon.
The second part of the volume is devoted to the vital subject of Pastoral Theology. Here Dr. Shedd is equally thorough and deals with the essential character of a minister, his way of life, his duties, his work of visitation and finally, his work of catechizing his people so as to be informed as to their progress and position in relationship to the preaching.
About the Author
William Greenough Thayer Shedd was born in Acton, Massachusetts in 1820. In 1835 Shedd began his studies at the University of Vermont. While there, Shedd became heavily influenced by his mentor, James Marsh, professor of philosophy and disciple of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Shedd graduated from the University of Vermont in 1839 with an interest in theology and philosophy. Thereafter, Shedd entered Andover Theological Seminary in 1840, studying under theologian Leonard Woods. It was during his time in seminary where Shedd found the Presbyterian doctrine most congenial, in which he became its staunch advocate by being a voice for Calvinism. Shedd concluded his seminary education at Andover in 1843.
After a short pastorate at Brandon, Vermont, he was successively professor of English literature at the University of Vermont (1845–1852), professor of sacred rhetoric in Auburn Theological Seminary (1852–1854), professor of church history in Andover Theological Seminary (1854–1862), and, after one year (1862–1863) as associate pastor of the Brick Church of New York City and served as the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary, (1863–1874).
Dr. Shedd was a high Calvinist and was one of the greatest systematic theologians of the American Presbyterian church. He was a great defender of position that the whole Bible was inspired and inerrant word of God. He served as editor of Coleridge's Complete Works 1894. He has authored many books such as Dogmatic Theology, Sermons to the Natural Man, Sermons to the Spiritual Man, History of Christian Doctrine, and The Doctrine of Endless Punishment. Shedd died in New York City on November 17, 1894.
These studies focus on the preparation and delivery of Biblical messages and conclude with the an assessment of pastoral theology.