Synopsis Purioris Theologiae / Synopsis of a Purer Theology  

Latin Text and English Translation: Volume 3, Disputations 43 - 52 


This bilingual edition of the Synopsis Purioris Theologiae (1625) provides English readers access to an influential textbook of Reformed Orthodoxy. Composed by four professors at the University of Leiden (Johannes Polyander, Andreas Rivetus, Antonius Walaeus, and Anthonius Thysius), it offers a presentation of Reformed theology as it was conceived in the first decades of the seventeenth century. From a decidedly Reformed perspective, the Christian doctrine is defined in contrast with alternative or diverging views, such as those of Roman Catholics, Arminians, and Socinians. The Synopsis responds to challenges coming from the immediate theological, social, and philosophical contexts. The disputations in this the third volume cover such topics as the sacraments, church discipline, the role of civil authorities, and eschatology. This volume also presents a thorough historical and theological introduction to the whole of the Synopsis.

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Harm Goris, Ph.D. (1996) Catholic Theological University Utrecht, is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the School of Catholic Theology of Tilburg University and member of the Thomas Institute at Utrecht. His research focuses on the thought of Thomas Aquinas. Recently he co-edited The Virtuous Life: Thomas Aquinas on the Theological Nature of Moral Virtues (Leuven: Peeters, 2017).

Riemer Faber, Ph.D. (1992) University of Toronto. He is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research interests include Greek and Latin philology and literary criticism, and neo-Latin, and he has published widely in these fields. He serves as deputy editor of the Collected Works of Erasmus, in which series he published Erasmus’ Annotations on Galatians and Ephesians (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Andreas Beck, Ph.D. (2007) Utrecht University, is Professor of Historical Theology and Academic Dean at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, and the director of the Institute of Post-Reformation Studies there. He is the author of Gisbertus Voetius (1589–1676). Sein Theologieverständnis und seine Gotteslehre (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007), and author or co-editor of numerous articles and volumes on medieval and early modern history, theology and philosophy. Recently, he edited Melanchthon und die reformierte Tradition (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016). Since June 2014, he serves as chair of the research group Classic Reformed Theology.

William den Boer, Ph.D. (2008) Theological University Apeldoorn, Postdoctoral researcher at the Theological University Kampen. He is author of God’s Twofold Love. The Theology of Jacob Arminius (1559–1609) (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010), and author or editor of several books and articles on church history and historical theology.
"This edition is a major opportunity for students and teachers in both historical and systematic theology."
Nico den Bok, Leuven, in NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion 75.1
Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations


The Synopsis of a Purer Theology in Its Historical and Theological Context
Andreas J. Beck and Dolf te Velde

Text and Translation

Disputation 43. On the Sacraments in General

Disputation 44. On the Sacrament of Baptism

Disputation 45. On the Lord’s Supper

Disputation 46. On the Sacrifice of the Mass and Its Abuses

Disputation 47. On the Five False Sacraments of the Papists

Disputation 48. On Church Discipline

Disputation 49. On Ecclesiastical Councils or Meetings

Disputation 50. On the Civil Magistrate

Disputation 51. On the Resurrection of the Body and the Last Judgment

Disputation 52. On Life and Death Everlasting and on the End of the World

Glossary of Concepts and Terms
Scripture Index
General Index
Scholars and students in historical and systematic theology; all those interested in intellectual history of the Early Modern era; classical scholars with an interest in patristic and later Christian literature.
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