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Paul Helm

Journal of Reformed Theology 5 (2011) 184-205 brill.nl/jrt © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156973111X594675 ‘Structural Indifference’ and Compatibilism in Reformed Orthodoxy Paul Helm * Regent College, Vancouver, Canada phelm@onetel.com Abstract In Reformed Thought on Freedom

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Edited by Herman Selderhuis

This book reflects and comprises the latest in research on the history and theology of Reformed Orthodoxy (± 1550-1750) and is at the same time a work in progress, which makes this volume in the Companion series unique. The reason for this is not only the quality of the authors and the chapters they have produced, but also the fact that the study of Reformed Orthodoxy has in recent years taken an entirely new approach and has received renewed and spirited attention, whose results have so far not been brought together in one book. The renewed interest and reappraisal of this period in intellectual history is reflected in this work in which an international team of renowned scholars give an oversight of this fascinating period in intellectual history.

Contributors include Willem van Asselt, Aza Goudriaan, Irena Backus, Mark Beach, Christian Moser, Anton Vos, Tobias Sarx, Andreas Mühling, Carl Trueman, Graeme Murdock, Joel Beeke, Sebastian Rehnman, Scott Clark, John Fesko, Luca Baschera, Maarten Wisse, Hugo Meijer, Pieter Rouwendal, and John Witte.

Kenneth P. Minkema

American scene who were already sniping at Edwards for his departures, real or perceived, from the great Calvin. These early criticisms of Edwards, made when he was only seven years in his grave, set the stage for debates about his relationship to Calvin and Reformed Orthodoxy that went on into the late

Reformed Orthodoxy and Philosophy, 1625–1750

Gisbertus Voetius, Petrus van Mastricht, and Anthonius Driessen

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Aza Goudriaan

This book examines the thinking of several Reformed theologians on theological issues that are, historically or by content, related to philosophy.
Three Dutch authors from successive generations are considered in particular: Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676), Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706), and Anthonius Driessen (1684-1748). A diversity of issues in Christian doctrine is discussed. These include the relationship between theology and philosophy, creation, Divine providence, the human being, and Divine and natural law.
By reconstructing the views of these three theologians, this book highlights similarities and differences within Reformed orthodoxy, both in doctrine and in relation to philosophy. The changes that thus become visible also suggest that biblical Christianity outlives the philosophical apparatus by whose assistence it is explained.

Andreas J. Beck

conference on the Reception of Calvin and his Theology in Reformed Orthodoxy (Dordrecht, June 4–5, 2009) which was organized by Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids), the Institute for Reformation Research (TUA, Apeldoorn), the Institute of Post-Reformation Studies (ETF, Leuven), and the Research

Kyle Strobel

Book Reviews / Journal of Reformed Theology 5 (2011) 221-242 237 Adriaan C. Neele, Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706): Reformed Orthodoxy: Method and Piety (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 344 pp., US$147.00 / €99.00 (ISBN 9789004169920). Adriaan C. Neele provides the first monograph on the life and work of

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R.T. te Velde

In The Doctrine of God Dolf te Velde examines the interaction of method and content in three historically important accounts of the doctrine of God. Does the method of a systematic theology affect the belief content expressed by it? Can substantial insights be detected that have a regulative function for the method of a doctrine of God?
This two-way connection of method and content is investigated in three phases of Reformed theology. The first seeks to discover inner dynamics of Reformed scholastic theology. The second part treats Karl Barth’s doctrine of God as a contrast model for scholasticism, understood in the framework of Barth’s theological method. The third part offers a first published comprehensive description and analysis of the so-called Utrecht School. The closing chapter draws some lines for developing a Reformed doctrine of God in the 21st century.

Alexander Broadie

Aaron Clay Denlinger (ed.), Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland: Essays on Scottish Theology 1560–1775 (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), x + 290 pp, £ 100.00 ( ISBN 9780567351418). That Scotland is a ‘Calvinist’ country is a proposition that I was taught at a tender age in Edinburgh, and it took a

Salomon van Til (1643–1713)

His Appropriation of Cartesian Tenets in His Compendium of Natural Theology

Matthias Mangold

Descartes im Zusammenhang mit der niederländischen reformierten Theologie und Philosophie des 17. Jahrhunderts (Leiden, 1999); Jacobus Revius, A Theological Examination of Cartesian Philosophy: Early Criticisms (1647) , ed. Aza Goudriaan (Leiden, 2002); Aza Goudriaan, Reformed Orthodoxy and Philosophy