Westminster Seminary California

Valiant for Truth - Reformed Scholasticism

The End of the World?

For the most part, Reformed theology has been historically dominated by postmillennialism. What is postmillennialism? Basically, it’s the idea that the consummation of the ages (or the end of the world) will occur after the 1,000-year reign of Christ, which is mentioned in the book of Revelation (Rev. 20).

An Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism: Concluding Thoughts
J. V. Fesko

We have seen the nature, benefits, and even the dangers when misused, of Reformed Scholasticism. Moreover, we have seen Reformed Scholasticism receiving the praise from two theologians who carry no brief for orthodox theology, Karl Barth and Paul Tillich. 

An Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism: The Benefits for the Church
J. V. Fesko

We do not simply want to admire Reformed Scholasticism and then return it to the dusty library shelf. On the contrary, Reformed Scholastic works can be quite helpful to the church for several reasons. First, the church can benefit from the precision of Reformed scholasticism and use the scholastic method in new theological works. 

An Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism: Francis Turretin
J. V. Fesko

Francis Turretin, born 17 October 1623, studied at Geneva, Leiden, Utrecht, Paris, Samur, Montauban, and Nimes. After his studies he was called to be the pastor of the Italian congregation in Geneva in 1648 and later followed in the footsteps of John Calvin (1509-64), Theodore Beza (1519-1605), and his father, Benedict Turretin (1588-1631) and was appointed a professor of theology at the Academy of Geneva in 1653. 

Book Review: Ex Omnes in Adam Ex Pacto Dei by Denlenger

From where did the notion of covenantal solidarity in Adam arise? More specifically, how did this idea make its way into later Reformed covenant theology? The answers proposed by Aaron Denlinger in his recently published PhD dissertation might surprise some scholars. Denlinger argues that the idea of covenantal solidarity has its origin in the theology of Ambrogio Catarino, a sixteenth-century Roman Catholic theologian.