He occasionally misread his opponents to their disadvantage; but by and large, he conducted his polemics on a very high plane. After Hodge’s death, the Lutheran theologian C. P. Krauth said that “next to having Hodge on one’s side is the pleasure of having him as an antagonist.”
That’s high praise indeed. It’s hard enough to put forth your own position clearly, let alone someone else’s that you disagree with! But this is one of my goals in the dissertation; I just feel like I need double the time and triple the intellectual capacity. I need grace to will and to do.