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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He is called the best expounder of systematic theology and sound doctrine of the Reformed Church.

John Gerstner called Turrettini “the most precise theologian in the Calvinistic tradition. 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. Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 3 Volumes Loading sample Turrettini distinguishes six kinds of necessity Institutio In it he defended the view that the Bible is God’s verbally inspired word.

His careful rejection of the notion of indifference in the doctrine of freedom creates a big gap between his doctrine and that of Scotus. However, for the two or three pages which seem incorrect, the rest is a delight to the soul and a hearty edification for the thinking Christian.

Turrettini’s teaching of contingency emphasizes the sovereign act of God in the process of conversion, whereas Scotus’s contingency theory blurs it. The Institutes was widely used as a textbook, up to its use at Princeton Theological Seminary by the Princeton theologians only to be replaced by Charles Hodge ‘s Systematic Theology in the late 19th century. For Turrettini, freedom does not arise from an indifference of the will. In Homer the verb has the meaning of “to bring to shame.


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 such decrees may be granted as either have no condition and means in execution, or include something.

It is also called the Socratic method.

Eelnctic of Elenctic Theology Reviewed by Dr. There is no new theology. His Institutio Theologiae Elencticae, first published inwas the first of some thirty years’ teaching at the Academy of Geneva.

Institutes of Elenctic Theology, 3 Volumes

Rather the question concerns the decree absolute or conditional a priori and antecedently on the part of the decree itself whether the decrees are such as are suspended upon a condition containing power and of uncertain event outside of God; or whether they are absolute, depending upon his good pleasure alone. Turrettini defines freedom theilogy the notion of rational spontaneity Institutio From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Views Read Edit View history. 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 elenctiv the Greek word, elenchus.

We deny against the Socinians, Remonstrants and Jesuits.

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Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Three Volume Set

Volume 3 Find Out More. Community Blog Partners Facebook Twitter. The Socinians and others assert the former; we the latter.

The Institutes uses the scholastic method to dispute a number of controversial issues. For in this sense, we do not deny that elecntic decrees can be called conditional because they have conditions subordinate to them although it must be confessed that it is a less proper way of speaking because the condition ought not to be confounded with the means; and it is one thing for a thing to be decreed under a condition, but another for it to be decreed as to be brought about through such means.


What am I able to say of this fine work? Retrieved from ” https: All of Life to the Glory of God by C. Turrettini develops the discussion on necessity and relates it to his argument about human freedom of choice. Dennison, Jr, is academic dean and professor of church history and biblical theology at Northwest Theological Seminary. Views Read Edit View history. Though he be with the Lord, he has helped theplogy significantly to sort out and systematize the various aspects of biblical theology in a systematic fashion.

Francis Turretin was the headmaster of Geneva after the time of Calvin.

This page was last edited on 9 Novemberat He wrote extensively in this Systematics on almost every topic in systematic theology.

The will of an individual human being is never indifferent in the sense of possessing an equilibrium, either before or after the fall. Dabney assigned the Institutes to their students.

Hence, the conditional decree ceasing, God would fail in his purpose and would be obliged to enter upon new counsels by a second thought deuteras phrontidas. The first two among these six necessities are incompatible with freedom, whereas the latter four are not only compatible with freedom but perfect it.

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