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The Contribution of the Southern Presbyterian Theologians to the Doctrine of Adoption

"Grace is heaped upon grace, and mercy banked upon mercy, and love is laid over upon love with more than ten-fold thickness, when the sinner is reclaimed and transplanted in the bosom of the Father, made an inmate in the eternal and fadeless home of God, and appointed an heir to all that glory which is incorruptible, undefiled and fades not away." These are the words of R.A. Webb, Southern Presbyterian Theologian of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, celebrating the glorious doctrine of adoption. While the doctrine of adoption had been included as a distinct doctrine in the Westminster Standards, it was Southern Presbyterians, John L. Girardeau and R.A. Webb, who developed the doctrine of adoption as a separate and distinct locus in systematic theology.