First volume of the ‘Synopsis Purioris Theologiae’ published

On 26th september 2014 the first volume of the new bilingual edition of the Synopsis Purioris Theologiae (1st Ed. 1625) was presented to the mayor of Leiden. On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Riemer Faber (the translator, Waterloo University, Canada) gave a lecture on “The Language(s) of the Synopsis” which was followed up by a presentation on “theology as teamwork” by Dr. Dolf te Velde (volume editor, TU Kampen). After that, Dr. Jo Spaans (Utrecht University) and Prof. Dr. Marcel Sarot (Tilburg School of Catholic Theology) reacted with the first critical reviews of the new edition.

The book cover reads:

Synopsis Purioris Theologiae book coverThis bilingual edition of the Synopsis Purioris Theologiae (1625) makes available for the first time to English readers a seminal treatise of Reformed Scholasticism. Composed by four professors of Leiden University (Johannes Polyander, Andreas Rivetus, Antonius Walaeus, and Anthonius Thysius), it gives an exhaustive yet concise 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 opposite views (Catholic, Spiritualist, Arminian, Socinian). Both on the academic level and on the ecclesiastical level, the Synopsis responds to challenges coming from the  immediate context of the early seventeenth century. The disputations of this first volume cover topics such as Scripture, doctrine of God, Trinity, creation, sin, Law and Gospel.

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