Debated Issues in Sovereign Predestination: Early Lutheran Predestination, Calvinian Reprobation, and Variations in Genevan Lapsarianism

Debated Issues in Sovereign Predestination: Early Lutheran Predestination, Calvinian Reprobation, and Variations in Genevan Lapsarianism

by Joel R Beeke

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Overview

Joel R. Beeke's work is an academic monograph of historical theology that examines three flashpoints of controversy in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology. As the subtitle, Early Lutheran Predestination, Calvinian Reprobation, and Variations in Genevan Lapsarianism implies, the work addresses, first, the development of the Lutheran doctrine of predestination from Martin Luther (1483-1546) and Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560) to the Formula of Concord (1577); second, the development of John Calvin's (1509-1564) doctrine of reprobation as traced through his writings; and third, the doctrine of predestination in Geneva with a particular emphasis on lapsarianism from Theodore Beza (1519-1605) in the sixteenth century to Jean-Alphonse Turretin (1671-1737) and Jacob Vernet (1698-1789) in the eighteenth century. The fruit of three decades of study by a professor of systematic theology who specializes in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology, this book offers a harvest of insights into questions that stood at the center of Reformation debates. Dr. Donald Sinnema, a leading scholar in predestinarian theology and the Synod of Dort, writes: "Beeke addresses these difficult matters with sensitivity to historical context and development, with systematic acuity, and a broad grasp of secondary scholarly literature with which he dialogues. The result is a balanced analysis of these issues that should bring greater clarity to scholarly understanding of the doctrine of predestination in the early modern era."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783525552605
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Publication date: 03/13/2017
Series: Reformed Historical Theology Series , #42
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.09(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Author's Preface 9

Part I Predestination in Early Lutheranism

Chapter 1 Historical Germination in Luther 13

Chapter 2 Further Germination in Melanchthon 25

Chapter 3 The Marbach-Zanchi Controversy 37

Chapter 4 The Doctrinal Position of the Formula of Concord 47

Chapter 5 Doctrinal Comparison of Concord and Dordt 55

Chapter 6 The Historical Reception of and Doctrinal Reflections on Concordist Predestination 71

Part II Reprobation in Calvin's Theology

Chapter 7 The Study of Calvin's Doctrine of Reprobation 83

Chapter 8 The Sources of Calvin's Doctrine of Reprobation 93

Chapter 9 Embryonic Reprobation in the Young Theologian (1535-1538) 111

Chapter 10 Systematic Reprobation in the Strasbourg Theologian (1538-1541) 123

Chapter 11 Developed Reprobation in the Theologian Par Excellence (1542-1564) 135

Chapter 12 Conclusions and Implications of Calvinian Reprobation 153

Part III Lapsarian Variations among Later Genevan Theologians

Chapter 13 Introduction to Post-Calvin Predestinarianism and the Lapsarian Question 165

Chapter 14 Theodore Beza's Supralapsarianism and Infamous Tabula 175

Chapter 15 Predestination in Beza's Other Writings 183

Chapter 16 From Beza's Successors to Francis Turretin 197

Chapter 17 The Decline under Francis Turretin's Successors 207

Chapter 18 Conclusions on Sovereign Predestination 215

Bibliography of Works Cited 223

Subject Index 243

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