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By Richard A. Muller

ISBN-10: 019515701X

ISBN-13: 9780195157017

This can be a sequel to Richard Muller's The Unaccomodated Calvin OUP 2000). within the earlier e-book, Muller tried to situate Calvin's theological paintings of their ancient context and to strip away quite a few twentieth-century theological grids that experience clouded our perceptions of the paintings of the Reformer. within the current booklet, Muller incorporates this strategy ahead, with the target of overcoming a sequence of 19th- and twentieth-century theological frameworks attribute of a lot of the scholarship on Reformed orthodoxy, or what can be referred to as "Calvinism after Calvin."

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Wilhelmus a Brakel, the noted exponent of Dutch Nadere Reformatie or "Second Reformation" piety, was a student of Voetius and thoroughly orthodox in his teachings. Richard Baxter, remembered today only for his piety, was adept at scholastic argumentation. In the hands of the orthodox theologians of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, scholastic method was used in the exposition and defense of orthodoxy. Of course, we also must remind ourselves that the method also was used for the exposition and defense by Arminius and his followers of a theology that, from the orthodox Reformed perspective, was heterrodox.

All of them engage in the forms of academic disputation that attempt to make clear distinctions concerning the parts or divisions of topics. )" and ask them consistently in that order, moving from existence, to essence and essential properties (the question of "what"), to the attributes or qualities more broadly considered and the doctrine of the Trinity (the question of "what sort"). The scholastic assumption here is both fundamentally methodological and quite simple: if you answer "No" to the first question—does it exist7—you need not bother with the other two.

Reformed orthodoxy" indicates both the confessionally defined teaching of the Reformed churches and the era, circa 1565 to circa 1725, during which Reformed theologians made their greatest effort in the definition and defense of that confessional teaching. This orthodoxy implies the confessional acceptance, the systematic elaboration, and polemical defense of such teachings as the famous "five points of Calvinism," but also the acceptance, elaboration, and defense of the doctrines of the Trinity, the two natures of Christ, and infant baptism.

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