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Book talk: Francis Turretin & Charles Hodge. Ames & Turretin were required reading at Havard and Yale

Detail bits regarding the influence of Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology :

The contemporary relevance of Protestant orthodox theology arises from the fact that it remains the basis of normative Protestant theology in the present. With little formal and virtually no substantial dogmatic alteration, orthodox or scholastic Reformed theology appears in the works of Charles Hodge. Archibald Alexander Hodge and Louis Berkhof…Charles Hodge’s Systematic Theology draws heavily on Francis Turretin’s Institutio theologiae elencticae and represents, particularly in its prolegomena, an attempt to recast the systematic insights of orthodoxy in a nineteenth-century mold.

Richard A. Muller, Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics: The Rise and Development of Reformed Othodoxy, ca. 1520 to ca. 1725 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1987 and 2003), Volume I, 29.

The Marrow of Theology was most influential in New England, where it was generally regarded as the best summary of Calvinistic theology ever written. It was required reading at Harvard and Yale well into the eighteenth century, when it was supplanted by Francois Turrettini’s Institues of Elenctic Theology. (Footnote: S.E. Morrison, Harvard College in the Seventeeth Century  (Cambridge, Mass: Havard University Press, 1936), p. 267.

Joel R. Beeke and Jan van Vliet, “Marrow of Theology by William Ames (1576-1633),” in  A Devoted Life: An Invitation To the Puritan Classics. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004)

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2 Responses to “Book talk: Francis Turretin & Charles Hodge. Ames & Turretin were required reading at Havard and Yale”

  1. Johnny B

    Turretin had a big influence on Hodge, from what I understand. I have Turretin’s book on the atonement and justification. I have the abridged volume of Hodge’s Systematic Theology, and Ames’ The Marrow of Theology, what I like about it, is there’s not much of his thoughts, but lots of scripture.


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