Institutes of Elenctic Theology (3 Vols)
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Initially published in 1679-1685, Francis Turretin’s Institutio Theologiae Elencticae was the fruit of some thirty years’ teaching at the Academy of Geneva and one of the most important works of 17th century Reformed dogmatics. Composed of three volumes, this set of Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology is the first edition to be published in the English language. As an “elenctic” theology—which affirms and demonstrates the truth in refutation of false doctrine—the Institutes contrasts Reformed understandings of Christian doctrine with conflicting theological perspectives, particularly Roman Catholic, Arminian, and Socinian.
Treats theology, Scripture, the Trinity, divine decrees, creation, providence, angels, the original state of humanity, sin, free will, God’s law, the covenant of grace, the person and state of Christ, his mediatorial office, calling and faith, justification, sanctification and good works, the church, the sacraments, the last things—also includes indices, biographical sketches, and Benedict Pictet’s funeral oration.
Turretin’s Institutes is an essential read for all preachers, theological students, or lay persons who take an interest in the history and development of Reformed theology.