Author: Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851)
The admired Professor Alexander not only helped found Princeton Theological Seminary, but served as its first principal. Alexander, along with
B. B. Warfield and Charles and A. A. Hodge, became known as one of the 'Princeton theologians,' arguably the most influential group of religious
scholars in the history of American Christianity. Reacting against the rise of theological liberalism, they sought to restore the Bible's
reputation as an authoritative text to the world of academic theology. In his Outlines of Moral Science, Alexander details an explicitly
theistic approach to the philosophy of morality. He contends that God provided human beings with a conscience and a sense of reason that they
must use in an orderly fashion to be considered righteous. Alexander's philosophy bears influences from Greek philosophy through the prominent
Christian theologians influenced by Plato and Aristotle.