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Valiant for Truth - Reformed Scholasticism

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. 

An Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism: Scholasticism Defined
J. V. Fesko

Scholasticism is typically associated with philosophical and speculative theology. Note, for example, how one theologian describes it: “By scholastic I mean that kind of theology that emphasizes the accessibility of the infinite to the finite and the possibility and indeed the desirability of systematizing the body of revealed knowledge given in Scripture.”

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

When we see the words Reformed and Scholasticism next to one another we might scratch our heads and think we are reading an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp. The two terms do not seem to belong together. Just as Tertullian (160-220) once asked what Jerusalem had to do with Athens when wondering what Greek philosophy had to do with Christianity, we might wonder what Reformed theology has to do with scholasticism? 

Book Review: Anti-Arminians by Stephen Hampton
J. V. Fesko

The common story about the fate of the Reformed faith in England in the late seventeenth and eighteenth century is that it all be disappeared with the growth and surging popularity of Arminian theology. While it is true that Arminian theology became the majority report in the Anglican church during the eighteenth century, this does not mean that Reformed theology was totally eclipsed.