Turretin is especially known as a zealous opponent of the theology of Saumur ( embodied by Moses Amyraut, and called Amyraldism), as an earnest defender of . STEPHEN NICHOLS: We’re in Dr. Sproul’s library again, and this time we’ve pulled Francis Turretin’s three-volume Institutes of Elenctic. About Turretin, he added, “If you want to find sound theology, here it is.” So who is this giant from the past? Francis Turretin spanned most of the.

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Turrettini greatly influenced the Puritansbut until recently, he was a mostly forgotten Protestant scholastic from franics annals of church historythough the English translation of his Institutes of Elenctic Theology is increasingly read by students of theology.

Concerning the papist argument of Hebrew points being added late by the Masoretes as an argument for tradition, Turretin rejects, arguing that the points were of divine origin. That writing is primarily authentic which is autopiston ‘of self-inspiring confidence” and to which credit is and ought to be given turretln its own account So God indeed was not bound to the Scriptures, but he has bound us to them.

In the former sense as fancis said beforewe hold it to be necessary simply and absolutely, so that the church can never spar it. Turrettini develops the discussion on necessity and relates it to his argument about human freedom of choice. By sharing Turretin’s faith in the Holy Scriptures, we illustrate conformity to our position from both antiquity and orthodoxy. On the other hand, Christians would immediately have noticed any changes made by the Jews since the time of Christ.

Francis Turretin on The Holy Scriptures

Since God has seen fit for weighty reasons to commit his word to writing. Turretin said “Papists” insisted “upon the corruption of the original so as to bring authority to their Vulgate version. For the surname, see Turretin surname. Turretin was planning a major revision of the work when he died.

Francis Turretin (1623-1687)

There is no need to have recourse to any tradition independent of them. Thus faith depends not on the authority of the interpreter or minister, but is built upon the truth and authenticity authentia of the things contained in the versions.


The former works objectively, the latter efficiently; the former strikes the ears from without, the latter opens the heart within. Boldness added for emphasis.

This is the more common opinion of the orthodoxturreitn we follow as safer and truer. 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.

François Turrettini

Of his other disputations, his most franciss are De Satisfactione Christi disputationes and De necessaria secessione nostra ab Ecclesia Romana et impossibili cum ea syncretismo published in John White John Wilde n. As Turretin reminded us of the necessity of God’s word unto salvation in question 1, so in question 2 he stresses the importance that this word of God be written down in scripture.

Hence if the tyrretin is why, or on account of what, do I believe the Bible to be divine, I will answer that I do so on account of the Scripture itself which by its marks proves itself to be such. We affirm the former and deny the latter against the papists. Turrettini is especially known as a zealous opponent of the theology of the Academy of Saumur [2] embodied by Moise Amyraut and called Amyraldianismas an earnest defender of the Calvinistic orthodoxy represented by the Synod of Dortand as one of the authors of the Franciz Consensuswhich defended the formulation of predestination from the Synod of Dort and the verbal inspiration of the Bible.

Turretin makes a distinction between turrstin things and the words emphasizing both the words and doctrinal truth presented by the words are inspired.

The papists affirm, feancis deny it. Or whether the church or the Roman pontiff is. The former is strictly divine work and is absolutely and in every way self-credible autopiston. Over all these this law obtains – that they ought to be referred to the authentic writing and if they vary from it, to be corrected and emended.

The first relates to the necessity of versions ; the second to their authority Not before because Christ would not have passed it over in silence for he does censure the various departures in doctrinenor could he bear to use corrupted books Such perfection is in turrdtin word carried over into the versions. Any version provided it is faithful is indeed conformable to the original because the same doctrine as to substance is set forth there.


The Institutes was widely used as a textbook, up to its use at Princeton Theological Seminary by the Princeton theologians only to be replaced by Charles Hodge ‘s Turreti Theology in the late 19th century.

François Turrettini – Wikipedia

Many of Turretin’s arguments in this section presuppose the church originating as Israel in the Old Testament, and also a rejection of dispensationalism. Hodge’s systematic theology classes. Returning to his native city, he was made pastor of the Italian church there from toof the French congregation fromand professor of theology at the University of Geneva in Thrretin warns of the danger of conjectures on the sacred text: It is the ‘seed’ of which we are born againthe ‘light’ by which we are directedthe ‘food’ upon which we feed and the ‘foundation’ upon which we are built “.

Do real contradictions occur in Scripture? We trust this review will encourage the reading of the book. The Ffrancis uses the scholastic method to dispute a number of turtetin issues.

It was used as a catechism. Therefore, under this relation scheseithey may be exposed to errors and admit of corrections, but nevertheless are authentic as to the doctrine they contain which is divine and infallible. And if corruption is admitted in those of lesser importance, why not in others of greater?

But what will become of this sacred book, if everyone is allowed to wield a censorious pen and play the critic over it, just as over any profane book?

We do not speak here of authenticity in the former sense for we do not deny this to versions when they agree with the sourcesbut only in the latter which belongs to the sources alone.