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James P. Boyce

boinde1James 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 father’s side, his mother’s 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 Boyce’s mother was converted and became a Baptist in 1830), Richard Fuller (whose preaching influenced Boyce’s 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 Boyce’s first pastorate in Columbia, S.C. Boyce was greatly affected by Thornwell’s 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 wished?

Yes; as much as if he had written every word himself.

Oughtn’t it, therefore, to be believed and obeyed?

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



Source [Reformed Reader]

  1. May 16, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for this short summary bio! I’ve always heard the name but knew little about him!

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