Whenever reading or talking with a good historian, one of the most fascinating things to learn is common misconceptions. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Some quote gets lifted from its context or a story gets so dreadfully exaggerated that the person can seem either like a mythical figure or a real scoundrel. Through one way or another, these misconceptions become the accepted opinion, until a good historian comes along and researches the facts for himself.
Unearthing common misconceptions characterized my discussion with Fred Zaspel on B. B. Warfield. Zaspel has produced his new The Theology of B. B. Warfield, and in reading Warfield – all of Warfield – he found that many interactions with the “Lion of Princeton” have either misread him or failed to read him fully. Since there is no biography on Warfield, stories about him have turned into legend. Zaspel is good story teller, so let him introduce you to B. B. Warfield.B. B. Warfield, Fred Zaspel