Discourses On Truth


Discourses On Truth

Call Number

BC 171 .T5x

Date of Publication


Collection Size

334 pages


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections



Historical Note

Rev. James Henley Thornwell (December 9, 1812-August 1, 1862) was a Presbyterian minister and author from South Carolina in the 19th century. Born in Marlboro County, S.C., Thornwell graduated from South Carolina College (now USC) at the age of 19. After briefly attending Harvard, he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church, beginning his ministry at Waxhaw Presbyterian Church. He taught at his alma mater SC College, eventually becoming its president. Later he became a member of the faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary. He wrote extensively on religious subjects. Thornwell staunchly defended biblical orthodoxy, but also sought to harmonize new scientific learning with the faith. His defense of slavery was based on the idea that he could find no explicit condemnation of slavery in Scripture. Thornwell died of tuberculosis in 1862.


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Discourses on Truth is a series of sermons that Rev. James Henley Thornwell wrote and delivered in the Spring of 1851. They were all based on Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, think on these things." Please see the attached contents.

Additional Notes

Complete title: Discourses on Truth: Delivered in the Chapel of the South Carolina College

Original accession number is 64103


Gift of Mrs. Alexander Martin in memory of Alexander Martin March, 1946


Robert Carter & Brothers


New York


Sermons, Presbyterian Church, Truth


Biblical Studies | Christian Denominations and Sects | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Discourses On Truth