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This introductory chapter of the book deals with the post-Reformation Reformed concern for right doctrine and piety. It examines and evaluates the doctrine of God in the Theoretico-practica theologia of Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706). The chapter considers the question of whether Mastricht's approach was, in fact, successful, thus legitimatizing the above-mentioned criticism. The state of research, or secondary literature, are examined in four distinguished parts, the life and work of Petrus van Mastricht, the intellectual thought of his time, the study of the doctrine of God, and piety of the seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy. This review of the state of research on the life and work of Mastricht, identifies several predicaments such as the theology of the seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy emerged as either dogmatic or practical.

Keywords: doctrine; God; Petrus van Mastricht; piety; Reformed orthodoxy



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