Turretin and Catholicity

Reading Turretin’s “Preface to the Reader” in his Institutes (vol. 1) reminded me of Thomas Oden’s committment to unoriginaltiy: “For since each of the oldest things is most true, no description of better stamp can be given especially in sacred argument than that something has less novelty.  Old is best here and that which goes back to earliest antiquity… Let other books then, be commended by their novelty.  I do not want this statement to justify mine,” (xli-xlii).  One could brush this off as chronological snobbery, or an empty rhetorical claim to continuity with antiquity, but I think we should give Turretin (and the other reformers) their due and recognize their genuine concern to preserve cathol

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