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This chapter examines the structure of the practical sections of the doctrine of God. It also examines the relationship between exegesis, doctrine, and praxis. The results of this examination are used to evaluate the legitimacy of the four appraisals of seventeenth-century Reformed piety in the context of the Theoretico-practica theologia (TPT). The examination of the practical sections of the doctrine of God reveals two additional and consistent themes, the glory of God and the humbling of man. The examination of Petrus Van Mastricht's thought on the formulation of praxis identified the following parts such as consolation, admonition, self-examination and exhortation. The goal of self-examination is to move the affections to fear deception, to produce the love and desire of confirming one's spiritual state, and to promote assurance of faith.

Keywords: admonition; consolation; doctrine of God; exegesis; exhortation; Petrus Van Mastricht; praxis; self-examination; Theoretico-practica theologia (TPT)



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