An absolute classic and essential resource for serious theological study, Francis Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology, originally written in Latin, was a standard work in theological education for two hundred years. It was required reading at old Princeton Seminary. As a historical work, this collection provides invaluable documentation of one of the most influential works of systematic theology.
Now, with this newly edited English translation, students, scholars, pastors, and laity can enjoy this timeless classic of rigorous and biblically faithful systematic theology from which noted theologians such as Charles and A. A. Hodge, Dabney, Warfield, and Berkhof learned. Turretin’s Institutes of Elentic Theology, written in a question-and-answer format, covers all the major topics of systematic theology with precision and exegetical felicity—theological prolegomena, doctrine of Scripture, theology proper, theological anthropology, Christology, and ecclesiology, and more. Turretin also discusses issues central to biblical theology, such as the various biblical covenants and their relationship to one another, as well as a myriad of other theological issues.
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[Turretin’s Institutes] contributed deeply to the structure and shape of evangelical thought concerning some of the most crucial doctrines . . . Reading this work will prompt many to dispute the cliché of considering Scholasticism a fruitless endeavor. In fact, it will indeed help to reveal its great richness, its scriptural and exegetical precision, the deep knowledge of church history, and its willingness to interact uncompromisingly with the world. Deeply rooted in the Scripture and in open dialogue with the church tradition, Turretin . . . avoids extreme positions and exalts biblical and evangelical principles . . . it is quite evident that the modern evangelical world still has to deal with most of the issues that were at the heart of his polemic. In this respect it is hardly conceivable to consider ourselves evangelicals and at the same time disregard the monumental work of this Swiss-Italian theologian.
—Pietro Bolognesi, Evangelical Review of Theology
Institutes of Elenctic Theology is a classic of reformed scholasticism.
. . . one of the fullest expressions of Calvinistic theology ever published.
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.
—James M. Boice, former pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
. . . a noteworthy event for the Reformed churches and for all who take and interest in the history and development of Reformed Theology . . .
—Sinclair B Ferguson, professor of systematic theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas
. . . theologians of any persuasion will be glad that this classic is available.
—Leon Morris, former warden, Tyndale House, Cambridge University
I am impressed anew with the true greatness of [Turretin's] achievement . . . One can find a very deep pastoral and devotional strain in Turretin . . . wonderfully edifying teaching.
—John M. Frame, professor of systematic theology and philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL
. . . a superb contribution to theological literature . . . One never errs in reading the giants. Francis Turretin is a giant.
—Paul D. Feinberg, former professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
. . . should prove to be a big step toward remedying the widespread neglect and misunderstanding, even misrepresentation, of seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy.
—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
One of the greatest of the seventeenth-century Reformed dogmatic works, it has retained its influence through its use at old Princeton. These three volumes put in your hands an excellent representative of high Reformed orthodoxy and polemical theology.
—R. Scott Clark, professor of church history and historical theology, Westminster Seminary California
Francis Turretin (1623–1687) was a Swiss-born Italian theologian and pastor, best known for his defense of Reformed theology. His immense intellect was developed through education at Geneva, Leiden, Utrecht, Paris, Saumur, Montauban, and Nimes. Turretin became the pastor of the Italian church in Geneva in 1647 and was appointed professor of theology at the University of Geneva in 1653. In 1675, he published the Formula Consensus Helvetica, which defended the orthodox Calvinism of the Helvetic Confession and the Synod of Dort against teachings from professors like Moise Amyraut and Josue de la Place (from the school at Saumur). Turretin is known as the most precise theologian of Protestant Scholasticism who sought to mine the biblical text for all it had to say and only let paradoxes and mysteries stand when scriptural witness did not address them and was truly silent. He was the author of several theological works, the most famous and influential being his Institutes of Elenctic Theology, the standard text for Reformed theology for 200 years.
James T. Dennison Jr. received his BS from Geneva College, and his BD, MDiv, and ThM from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the UPCUSA, the PCA, and then the OPC. He served as librarian and lecturer in church history at Westminster Theological Seminary from 1980 to 2000. He currently serves as academic dean and professor of church history and biblical theology at Northwest Theological Seminary. He is the editor of the biblical-theological preaching journal, Kerux, and the author of The Market-Day of the Soul: The Puritan Doctrine of the Sabbath in England, 1532–1700.
George Musgrave Giger (1822–1865) was educated at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and Princeton Seminary. He was awarded an honorary DD from Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College). He joined the faculty of the College of New Jersey in 1844 and served various roles, first as a tutor in mathematics and later professor of Greek and Latin language and literature, until his death at age 43. He was also ordained in the PCUSA as an evangelist.