Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Francis Turretin

We tend to forget that there were Protestant as well as Catholic scholastics. The best known of the Reformed scholastics is perhaps Francis Turretin. At A Puritan's Mind you can find a brief biography and a number of Turretin's arguments (on the right sidebar). They have quite a few of Turretin's articles on Scripture; the arguments that there needs to be a verbal revelation are particularly interesting. Of course, Turretin, as most Protestant scholastics of the period did, engaged in the typical polemics: the arguments, for instance, about the vocation of the Reformers, or about whether the Pope was Antichrist. The Counter-Reformation, of course, produced scholastic works that were equally polemical.

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