Theologia theoretico-practica

Petrus van Mastricht (1630—1706)
Petrus van Mastricht (1630—1706)

Petrus van Mastricht (1630—1706)

Theologia theoretico-practica. Joel R. Beeke and Nelson D. Kloosterman, general editors; Todd Rester, translator. Translation in process, completion date not yet determined.

      Van Mastricht was a prominent seventeenth-century theologian in the Voetian tradition. Born in Cologne, Germany, he received preparatory training at the German Reformed University of Duisburg, then concluded his studies under Gysbert Voetius at the University of Utrecht. After a brief pastorate and short stints teaching at Frankfort on the Oder and at Duisberg, he succeeded Voetius at Utrecht in 1676. William Ames also had a profound influence on him, and during his tenure he resisted the incursions of Descartes’ modernizing influences on theology. He taught practical as well as dogmatic theology. His culminating work is Theologia theoretico-practica [Theoretical and Practical Theology]. It was first published in Latin in 1655, went through numerous editions, and was eventually translated into Dutch. It has never appeared in English.

      This multi-volume work is comparable in size and importance to the society’s already completed translation of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics. The work was enormously influential for several generations.  Jonathan Edwards reportedly thought it was the finest work ever written in Reformed theology. Its significant impact on Edwards’ thought has made its appearance in English a much anticipated event by scholars of Edwards’ life and thought.

 

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