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Reformed Orthodoxy

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In this chapter the development of Reformed theology is analyzed hermeneutically. This implies a rejection of the separation of the historical and theological approaches. Our historical interests, for instance in the combination externum-internum, are related to our theological quest for the ground of the certainty of faith. The influence of the developing debate with the Counter- Reformation influenced the meaning and the use of αὐτóπιστος. In William Whitaker's theology the term was used as a substantive ; autopistia became one of the attributes of Scripture. Franciscus Junius still discussed autopistia in the disputations on Scripture, but in later theological systems the term moved to the introduction on theology. The high orthodox Reformed theologians Gisbertus Voetius and Francis Turretin called Scripture the principium externum of faith and the illumination of the Holy Spirit the principium internum of faith, but only Scripture is αὐτóπιστος.

Keywords:αὐτóπιστος; Francis Turretin; Franciscus Junius; Gisbertus Voetius; Holy Spirit; reformed theology; Scripture; William Whitaker



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