An absolute classic and essential resource for serious theological study, Francis Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology, originally written in Latin, was the. François Turrettini was a Genevan-Italian Reformed scholastic theologian. Turrettini is from the annals of church history, though the English translation of his Institutes of Elenctic Theology is increasingly read by students of theology. Elenctics, in Christianity, is a division of practical theology concerned with persuading people of The term “elenctic” is derived from the Greek verb elengchein. In Homer the verb has the meaning of “to bring to shame.” it is connected with the.

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John Gerstner called Turrettini “the most precise theologian in the Calvinistic tradition.

The Institutes uses the scholastic method to dispute a number of controversial issues. It is also called the Socratic method. Endorsements for Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 3 Volumes.

November Learn how and when to remove this template message. There is no new theology. He also argued for infralapsarianism and federal theology.

Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Three Volume Set

His Institutio Theologiae Elencticae 3 parts, Geneva, — was the culmination of Reformed scholasticism. Turrettini greatly influenced the Puritansbut until recently, he was a mostly forgotten Protestant scholastic from the annals of church historythough the English translation of his Institutes of Elenctic Theology is increasingly read by students of theology. The Socinians and others assert the former; we the latter.


This page was last edited on 9 Novemberat He is the author of The Market-Day of the Soul: Volume 3 Find Out More. He is called the best expounder of systematic theology and sound doctrine of the Reformed Church.

Once described by E. Giger produced an English translation, which amounted to eight thousand handwritten pages.

Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 3 Volumes

It was at Hodge’s request that Princeton’s George M. Now a conditional decree is mutable because every condition is mutable especially if not decreed by God, but placed in the free will of man-such as is meant here.

For Turrettini, freedom does not arise from an indifference of the will. For the surname, see Turretin surname.

The question does not concern the absolute or conditional decree a posteriori and consequently; or with respect to the things decreed and the objects willed outside of God whether theologh decrees may be granted as either have no condition and means in execution, or include something. Perhaps the most famous example of specifically elenctic literature in the history of Christianity is St.

Elenctics is not distinctly Christian and should be understood more broadly as a method of defending a statement indirectly by proposing objections to the statement and answering them through cross-examination the meaning of the Greek word, elenchus. Articles lacking in-text citations from November All articles lacking in-text citations.

François Turrettini – Wikipedia

This volume is most helpful to those who desire to dig deep into the word and deal with all the issues and arguments surrounding any given theological topic. Turrettini develops the discussion on necessity and relates it to his argument about human freedom of choice. The Puritan Doctrine of the Sabbath in England, ; editor of Kerux, a journal of biblical-theological preaching and a contributor to numerous scholarly publications.


Along the lines of Reformed theology, Turrettini argues that after the fall human beings did not lose the faculty of will itself. It is not Scotus’s notion of synchronic contingency but Aristotle’s modal logic which is incorporated into Turrettini’s doctrine of freedom.

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We deny against the Socinians, Remonstrants and Jesuits. Turrettini defines freedom with the notion of rational spontaneity Institutio Though he be with the Lord, he has helped me significantly to sort out and systematize the various aspects of biblical theology in a systematic fashion.

It is this latter significance that it has in the New Testament. This page was last edited on theologu Octoberat References [ edit ]. We will reopen on January 3. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He wrote extensively in this Systematics on almost every topic in systematic theology. They still have liberty which is not repugnant to certain kinds of necessity.