Westminster Seminary California
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. Yet, if these unorthodox theologians have positive things to say about Reformed Scholasticism we can only imagine what orthodox theologians have to say about it, especially about the theology of Francis Turretin. Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) highly esteemed Turretin. Charles Hodge (1797-1878) made numerous references to Turretin’s Institutes in his Systematic Theology. W. G. T. Shedd (1820-94) cites Turretin more than any other theologian in his Dogmatic Theology. We can also see the influence of Turretin in the theology of R. L. Dabney (1820-98) in his Systematic Theology. Now, if both unorthodox and orthodox theologian alike admire and profit from Reformed Scholasticism, especially that of Turretin, what message does this send to us? It tells us that if we ignore this period of Reformed theology we do so to our own folly and impoverishment. So many in the Reformed church are familiar with the writings of Calvin and his Institutes. It seems like it would behoove us to weigh anchor and sail into the waters of Reformed Scholasticism not only to appreciate its work but also to apply its insights to our own theological work all soli Deo gloria!