Reformed Orthodoxy And Philosophy, 16251750: Gisbertus Voetius, Petrus Van Mastricht, And Anthonius Driessen (Brill's Series in Church History)
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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.
Libertati nihil neque sanctitatem divinam obnubilat” (De overwinnende leer, 278). Cf. Lumen et doctrina conscientiae, 373 (Overwinnende leer, 271–272) and 379 (Overwinnende leer, 286). Cf. also the denial of praemotio physica in J. Regius, Disputatio metaphysica de genuina causae secundae notione, veraque ejus eﬃcacia [W. Vay, 11 May 1712], Franeker 1712, 26–27: “Quamobrem simpliciter dicimus, causam secundam sola virtute, sive actione, sive inﬂuxu (de nomine non putamus esse contendendum) causae
Engelhardi philosophia Leibnitio-Wolﬃana contra Apologiam Cl. Engelhardi. Praeambula dissertationibus secuturis, Groningen 1734; Dissertatio de praedestinationis Divinae objecto, non homine creabili et labili sed lapso, quam sententiam tenuit Dordracena synodus, Groningen 1734; D. Joachimi Langii … analysis systematis Wolﬁani, et directum Wolﬁi pro atheismo patrocinium, excerpta ex scriptis cl. Langii Causa Dei etc. Halae-Saxonum A. 1726 et 1727 contra Wolﬁum editis, cum Antonii Driessen …
second place, Voetius situates Reformed theology within a broader historical and social context. In this way he seems to expresses a sympathy for conservatism and consensus.17 An argument from consensus is sometimes one of the last points that Voetius raises when oﬀering a series of theological arguments.18 Accordingly, Voetius is a consistent opponent of “solipsists (soli-ipsi)”19 and of attributing authoritative status to views of single individuals (“α τος φα”). Therefore, one of Voetius’s
deﬁnitionum, et demonstrationum methodo, se commendet”; Dutch trans. in Goudriaan/De Niet, ‘Introductio,’ 55. In a similar way, Voetius appreciated convincing arguments developed by pagan thinkers (Diatribae, 33). See also ‘De vitae termino,’ in SDTh V, with separate page numbers, here 136. holy scripture, human reason, and natural theology 35 faith.”23 Indications of the concern for truth can be found elsewhere in Voetius’s work, when he rejects, for example, Plato’s ideas24 and his view of
Philosophy,’ 61–67; idem, Crisis of Causality, 279–281, 288–297; cf. Beck, ‘Gisbertus Voetius’; Beck/Vos, ‘Conceptual Patterns,’ 227. In what follows references are to the re-publication of the dissertation in SD V (with separate page numbers). 25 Voetius, De termino vitae, 117. 26 De termino vitae, 118: “… sed contrarium cum Augustin. de Civit. Dei lib. 7, cap. 10, Deum administrare omnia quae creavit, ut etiam ipsa proprios exercere et agere motus sinat. Rationes quibus haec veritas in genere