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Modalities In Francis Turrettin. An Essay In Reformed Ontology

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Reformed ontology is not a much debated issue in the literature on the history of Western thoughtto put it mildly. It is, however, presently in Reformed scholasticisms doctrine of God. This ontology is worth studying, for it offers a better understanding not only of the doctrine of God, but also of the entire theological universe of Reformed scholasticism. In this chapter some aspects of reformed type of ontology are surveyed on the basis of Francis Turrettins representative Institutio Theologiae Elencticae I. It addresses modalities: impossibility and its relationship to inconsistency and contradiction, possibility and actuality and their relationship to being, contingency and necessity. In the last section, we apply the ontological concepts and see how they form a key to interpreting the doctrines of Gods power, will and knowledge. Our interpretation will also show to which broader historical tradition Turrettin belongs.

Keywords: Francis Turrettin; modalities; reformed ontology



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