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The Uniqueness of Christ in Post-Reformation Reformed Theology: From Francis Turretin to Jean-Alphonse Turretin

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Evangelical treatments of the topic of the uniqueness of Christ reflect the changing nature of society and culture. At the core of this debate were two very important theologians at the Academy of Geneva, father and son, Francis and Jean-Alphonse Turretin, who held vastly different views on the subject. This chapter looks at the transition from one to the other to show how their views developed and how they reflected the historical milieu in which they wrote and ministered. Turretin discussed the issue of the uniqueness of Christ in two different sections of his Institutio, in his section on prolegomena and then in his discussion of Christology. He directed his defense of the uniqueness of Christ in his introduction against the Pelagians, Socinians, and Remonstrants. Turretin criticized what he believed to be the divisive nature of Reformed scholastic theology by stating that the fundamentals lead one to godly living.

Keywords: Christology; Francis Turretin; Jean-Alphonse Turretin; reformed scholastic theology



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