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Institutes of Elenctic Theology (3 Volume Set) Hardcover – April 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0875524566 ISBN-10: 0875524567

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  • Hardcover: 2311 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875524567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875524566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Turretin is exhaustive in his writing.
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A great addition to the library of the serious students of the God's Word!
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These volumes are sturdy and will last for decades.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By T. B. Vick on November 10, 2000
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James T. Dennison has brought back one of the greatest theological works in church history. Francis Turretin was a 17th century theologian. He wrote in a scholastic style similar to those who proceeded him (i.e. Aquinas, etc.) However, unlike his predecessors, Turretin was part of the Reformed Church. Therefore, he covers such topics in this three volume set as the Reformed doctrine of predestination, sola fide, sola scriptura, etc. Moreover, Turretin covers many theological issues such as the attributes of God, original sin, angelology, the Trinity, the will of God, creation of man, responses to Molina and "scentia media," (middle knowledge) etc., all in great detail. Turretin is exhaustive in his writing. In fact, Turretin's work was required as a text for students of such great Princeton theologians as Charles Hodge and R.L. Dabney. If you are a serious theologian and love to study theology in depth then you should not be without this series. ...
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tim R. Prussic on November 5, 2004
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Francis Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology

This large 3 volume work is a gold mine of precise and careful thought. Turretin has been the object of odium in some (even Reformed) theological circles, but the one who takes time to read Turretin will find such sentiment to be unwarranted. Turretin was not a rationalist, merely rational. He was a seventeenth century Reformed pastor and theologian who clearly articulated Reformed doctrine in the midst of those who were opposing such doctrine. I have found Turretin to be biblical in his doctrine, delicate and precise in his thought, clear in his articulation, and powerful in his argumentation.

Turretin organized his Institutes into 20 topics (loci) that range from "Prolegomena" (that is, very necessary introductory considerations) to "The Last Things." Each topic (locus) is organized by specific questions. For example, locus 20 is divided into 13 questions. Question 2 reads, "Are the same bodies numerically which have died to be raised again? We affirm against the Socinians." Turretin raised this particual question because he wanted to defend the biblical doctrine of the bodily resurrection from an error that was being taught in his day. Turretin's theology is indeed elenctic (that is, polemic or argumentitive), for a great portion of his Institutes is written against the Roman Catholics, Arminians, Socinians, Anabaptists, and others. Turretin's Institutes is not merely a negative work (exposing the errors of unbiblical doctrine), but is positive. He builds up and defends biblical doctrine in every locus.

As for the edition, Dr. Dennison has blessed us all in editing and indexing the whole work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quentin D. Stewart on April 25, 2009
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Even if you are not Reformed or an enthusiast of Reformed theology this is still one of the most important works of Reformed theology to come after Calvin's Institutes. It truly is the Summa of Reformed thought and it is a delight not to have to hunt it down in a rare book room somewhere.
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