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 of this second volume cover topics such as Predestination, Christology, Faith and Repentance, Justification and Sanctification, and Ecclesiology.
H. (Henk) van den Belt
(1971), Ph.D. (2006) Leiden University, is Professor of Reformed Theology: Sources, Development, and Context at the University of Groningen. He is the author of The Authority of Scripture in Reformed Theology: Truth and Trust (Brill, 2008) and of several articles on Reformed Orthodoxy and on neocalvinism; he also edited Restoration through Redemption: John Calvin Revisited (Brill, 2013).
R.A. (Riemer) Faber
(1961), Ph.D. (1992) University of Toronto. He is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Waterloo, and Director of the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies. His research interests include Greek and Latin philology and literary criticism, and neo-Latin, and he has published widely in these fields. Most recently he co-edited Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World (University of Toronto Press, 2013).
A.J. (Andreas) Beck
(1965), 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. Since June 2014, he serves as chair of the research group Classic Reformed Theology.
W.A. (William) den Boer
(1977), Ph.D. (2008) Theological University Apeldoorn, Postdoctoral researcher in Early Modern Reformed Theology at the Theological University Kampen, and Research Associate at the Jonathan Edwards Centre, University of the Free State, South Africa. 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.
Other contributors of this volume are: Simon Burton, Philip J. Fisk, Albert Gootjes, Harm Goris, Dolf te Velde, Kees Jan van Linden, Matthias Mangold, Pieter Rouwendal, Jan van Helden, and Antonie Vos.
“As an early survey of academic theology in the Reformed Church, the
Synopsis is pertinent both to the historian and dogmatician, and its availability in English should lead to the continued historical re-evaluation and theological
ressourcement of Reformed theology in that oft-neglected period after the Synod of Dort.”
Phillip Hussey, Saint Louis University. In:
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 70, No. 1 (January 2019), pp. 195-196.
Synopsis was one of the seventeenth century’s most important and influential theological texts for the reformed tradition. […] The English translation by Riemer Faber is to be commended for striking that delicate balance between making the English readable while retaining the theological technicality of the Latin syntactical structure and vocabulary.”
Joshua Schendel, Saint Louis University. In:
Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 49, No. 3 (2018), pp. 822-824.
Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Text and Translation
Disputation 24. On Divine Predestination
Disputation 25. On the Incarnation of the Son of God and the Personal Union of the Two Natures in Christ
Disputation 26. On the Office of Christ
Disputation 27. On Christ in his State of Humiliation
Disputation 28. On Christ in his State of Exaltation
Disputation 29. On the Satisfaction by Jesus Christ
Disputation 30. On the Calling of People to Salvation
Disputation 31. On Faith and the Perseverance of the Saints
Disputation 32. On Repentance
Disputation 33. On the Justification of Man in the Sight of God
Disputation 34. On Good Works
Disputation 35. On Christian Freedom
Disputation 36. On the Religious Practice of Invocation
Disputation 37. On Almsgiving and Fasting
Disputation 38. On Vows
Disputation 39. On Purgatory and Indulgences
Disputation 40. On the Church
Disputation 41. On Christ as Head of the Church, and on the Antichrist
Disputation 42. On the Calling of those who Minister to the Church, and on Their Duties
Glossary of Concepts and Terms
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.