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The Academization of Reformation Teaching in Johann Heinrich Alsted (1588–1638)

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This chapter shows a possible interpretation of Johann Heinrich Alsted's academization of the Reformation theology by taking a close look at Alsted's Scripture-based perspective of anthropology, pedagogy, and philosophy. In a broad sense, the theological academization of the seventeenth century should not be taken as a mark of so-called 'Pelagianism' or 'proto-rationalism' departing from Reformation teaching. The chapter focuses on the school as a medium actualizing the proper or special repression of sin. Regarding the origin of schools, Alsted describes schools as founded on the divine law, the law of nature, and the law of nations. He explains that in the Old Testament God instituted schools, while in the New Testament Jesus Christ sanctified them. Alsted's enormous academization, in Muller's estimation, is "the institutionalization and codification of doctrinal and educational principles and concerns enunciated by the Reformers".

Keywords: academization; Alsted's scripture-based perspective; divine law; Johann Heinrich Alsted; reformation teaching



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