Life[ edit ] He was the grandson of Francesco Turrettini, who left his native Lucca in and settled in Geneva in Returning to his native city, he was made pastor of the Italian church there from to , of the French congregation from , and professor of theology at the University of Geneva in The Institutes uses the scholastic method to dispute a number of controversial issues. He also argued for infralapsarianism and federal theology. Of his other disputations , his most important are De Satisfactione Christi disputationes and De necessaria secessione nostra ab Ecclesia Romana et impossibili cum ea syncretismo published in Heidegger in
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Francis Turretin was born October 17, , son of Benedict and Louise. As his father lay on his deathbed in , the children were summoned for a parting blessing. He completed his studies at Geneva in and prepared to go abroad. After nine months of study in Paris with the Church Historian David Blondel, Turretin was immersed into the conflict of reformed theology and the theology of Moise Amyraut Amyraut was to give rise to Amyraldianism, a highly deviant aspect trying to stem out of Reformed theology which attempted to take the doctrine of Limited Atonement to replace it with a kind of Universalism.
Amyraut taught the doctrine of hypothetical Universalism: that Jesus died for all men to make a way into heaven for each and everyone so long as they were willing to initiate the conversion. Turretin, in , was called to the chair of philosophy at the Geneva Academy. Pleading his commitment to the Italian congregation, he declined, even as he declined a call from the church in Lyons the year before. In , Lyons renewed it call following the untimely death of their pastor.
Turretin filled the pulpit there for a time. On his return to Geneva, Turretin was appointed successor of his mentor Theodore Tronchin in the chair of theology. Together with his duties as pastor in the Italian church, he would hold this position until his death in He died at la maison Turrettini on Wednesday, September 28, His last years spent summing up his remarkable career by preparing what he taught and defended for years-Genevan orthodoxy.
The Institutio was published seriatim: volume one in ; volume two in ; and volume 3 in Turretin was planning a major revision of the work when he died. This massive work of Reformed scholasticism extends to nearly pages in the Latin edition of Like his great predecessor, John Calvin, Turretin entitled his scholastic work Institutio. This word suggests foundational or basic instruction. Yet, if a typical layman were to read this book today, he would undoubtedly become overwhelmed by its depth and preciseness, its theological and philosophical treatises, and its thoroughly biblical expositions.
It was used as a catechism. And if more disciples of Jesus Christ were to pick this work up and read it, then live it, the church would a force to be reckoned with in this 21st century. His Works: Institutes of Elenctic Theology. Dennison, Jr. ISBN His Institutio Theologiae Elencticae 3 parts, Geneva, — was the culmination of Reformed scholasticism. He also argued for infralapsarianism and federal theology. Of his other disputations, his most important are De Satisfactione Christi disputationes and De necessaria secessione nostra ab Ecclesia Romana et impossibili cum ea syncretismo published in Heidegger in A member of.
Francis Turretin was born October 17, , son of Benedict and Louise. As his father lay on his deathbed in , the children were summoned for a parting blessing. He completed his studies at Geneva in and prepared to go abroad. After nine months of study in Paris with the Church Historian David Blondel, Turretin was immersed into the conflict of reformed theology and the theology of Moise Amyraut
R.C. Sproul and Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology
It really is. For now, why Turretin? These are the really great ones. Each one of them has his own particular emphasis and style. Augustine had such a deep, philosophical background and understanding of things. Then Aquinas marks the high scholasticism of the Middle Ages. In fact, if you would ask me who I think were the three most brilliant theologians in all of history, I would say Edwards, Aquinas, and Francis Turretin.
Francis Turretin (1623-1687)
His father was Benedict Turretin and his mother was Louise Turretin. His father was a Professor of Theology at Geneva, pastor of the Italian church in the city, and a joint author of the Canons of Dort as an advocate of the Calvinism of the Synod. Turretin receives educational training in philosophy at the Academy in Gerit Keizer, where he would advance to the study of theology, sitting under John Diodati, Theodore Tronchin members of the Synod of Dort and Frederic Spanheim. Near the end of his journey, Turretin encounters conflict with the uprising controversy of Amyraldianism in Saumur.
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