Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Volume 2
“Orderly in presentation and meticulous in substance; an overlooked classic.”See All
“. . . a noteworthy event for the Reformed churches and for all who take an interest in the history and development of Reformed theology. . . .”See All
Sinclair B. Ferguson
“The larger availability in English of Turretin’s complete Institutes is a welcome contribution . . .”See All
Carl F. H. Henry
“If ever a great theological work has been unjustly neglected it has been Francis Turretin’s masterful volumes on the whole of Christian doctrine. . . . I heartily . . . commend [them] to preachers, theological students, and lay persons everywhere.”See All
James M. Boice
Treats God's law, the covenant of grace, the person and state of Christ, his mediatorial office, calling and faith, justification, and sanctification and good works.
About the Series
Francis Turretin (1623-87) has been called “the best expounder of the doctrine of the Reformed Church” (Samuel Alexander), “a marvelous synthesizer” (Roger Nicole), and “a towering figure among the Genevan Reformers” (Leon Morris). His Institutio Theologiae Elencticae, first published in 1679-85, was the first of some thirty years' teaching at the Academy of Geneva. Once described by E. J. Young as a “magnificent treatise on the Scriptures,” Turretin's Institutio has become a virtual hidden treasure to students unable to read the original Latin.
This the second of three volumes in the first complete edition of the Institutes 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 Scripture with conflicting theological perspectives, particularly Roman Catholic, Arminian, and Socinian.
American Protestantism, especially Presbyterianism, owes much to Turretin's influence in that Charles Hodge and Robert L. Dabney assigned the Institutes to their students. It was at Hodge's request that Princeton's George M. Giger produced an English translation, which amounted to eight thousand handwritten pages. Now, more than a century later, James T. Dennison has undertaken the monumental task of editing, documenting, and indexing that translation of Turretin's timeless classic for the benefit of readers today.
In this volume, Turretin treats God's law, the covenant of grace, the person and state of Christ, the mediatorial office of Christ, calling and faith, justification, and sanctification and good works.
About the Editor
James T. Dennison, Jr, is academic dean and professor of church history and biblical theology at Northwest Theological Seminary. He received the MDiv and ThM degrees from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He is the author of The Market-Day of the Soul: The Puritan Doctrine of the Sabbath in England, 1532-1700; editor of Kerux, a journal of biblical-theological preaching and a contributor to numerous scholarly publications.