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Turretin’s Institutes: First Thoughts

Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vol. I

Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vol. I

This will be my first post (of many, I hope) on Francis Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology,  a three volume set which totals over 2,000 pages; my plan is to read these volumes in the course of one year, though I’ve already allotted a large portion of grace for myself in the inevitable event that it takes much longer. My plan is to write brief posts as I read through the Institutes, sharing my thoughts on Turretin’s thoughts. For those who don’t know (like I didn’t until I bought this set), elenctic is an adjective which means “refuting an argument by proving the falsehood of its conclusion.” I have to admit that while I love old books, and I love old, Reformed books even more, a book that is primarily combative in nature like this is not one that would normally pique my interest, I prefer books that are more irenic in nature, but Turretin is a giant in the Reformed tradition and his works have been incredibly influential, so as a Reformed believer, I basically consider it my Christian duty to read these volumes. I hope you enjoy. Continue reading