In An Essay on the Use and Abuse of Reason, In Matters of Religion, Witsius explains the controversy that surrounds reason and logic in religion. He clearly examines foundational issues, such as the definition of reason and how religion is used to determine truth and reality. This short treatise discusses the place of reason in religion and how believers relate to God and spiritual matters. Divided into 34 concise paragraphs, Witsius’ analysis uses Scripture and deductive reasoning to provide an understanding of the role of reason in the life of a believer.
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Herman Witsius . . . was a masterful Dutch Reformed theologian, learned, wise, mighty in the Scriptures, practical . . . on paper he was calm, judicious, systematic.
A writer not only eminent for his great talents and particularly solid judgments, rich imagination, and elegance of composition, but for a deep, powerful, and evangelistic spirituality, and savor of godliness.
Herman Witsius (1636–1708) was born in Holland. He became a pastor in 1656 and a professor of divinity in 1675. Fluent in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, he authored several theological books.