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This chapter focuses on the Theoretico-practica theologia (TPT). It addresses the following questions: What is the relationship between the elenctic and exegesis and doctrine? What (scholastic) method, if any, did Mastricht employ in the elenctic part? and Who are his principal opponents, and why did he oppose them? With respect to the structure of the elenctic section of the TPT, we observe that Petrus van Mastricht's methodology is quite similar to the medieval scholastic quæstio method. The medieval educational model included a lectio-meditatio-quæstio pattern. An examination of the elenctic sections of the doctrine of God demonstrates Mastricht's consistent adherence to his above-mentioned view of elenctics. The polemic was directed to those theological and philosophical issues raised outside the Reformed church and elenctically formulated so that praxis pietatis would be strengthened.

Keywords: elentic section; God; medieval scholastic quæstio method; Petrus van Mastricht; Theoretico-practica theologia (TPT)



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