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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.

Book Review: The Writings of John Calvin-Expanded Edition by Wulfert de Greef
J. V. Fesko

Students of the theology of Calvin know that the famous Genevan was one of the more prolific authors of the Reformation. And while the tip of the iceberg of his writings can be found in his Institutes of the Christian Religion and his commentaries, there are a host of other works by Calvin that merit attention by the careful historian or student. In 1989 Wulfert de Greef published a most helpful work, The Writings of John Calvin: An Introductory Guide.

7 / 27 / 2011
Understanding the Confession: William Perkins’ A Golden Chain
J. V. Fesko

Sometimes some of the best books go out of print, but then again sometimes those books are reprinted, giving them new life and a new readership. The republication of William Perkins’ (1558-1602) A Golden Chain is definitely a book worthy of reading. To say the least, Perkins’ influence in his own day was significant. He was one of the leading Reformed theologians of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, whether in his native England or on the continent. Perkins wrote a number of works but perhaps none so famous as his Golden Chain.