Amandus Polanus’ Syntagma Theologiae Christianae

Now, there’s a catchy title! It has such a familiar ring about it, doesn’t it? Now that everyone knows precisely what I am talking about…

This is a massively huge project (a 10-volume work), of which the director of the program (Christian Locatell) is trying to assess interest. It will need a fair bit of support for the project to get underway. Polanus’ work is nothing more or less than a complete compendium of Reformed theology from the period of Reformed orthodoxy. This work has been buried in the mists of obscurity before now, but it was a very important work indeed in its time. Polanus is one of the most-quoted sources in Richard Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. So show your support for this work, and help get some of the riches of Reformed orthodoxy in print in English!


  1. Kevin Davis said,

    March 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    It is also worth noting that Barth engages with Polanus throughout his doctrine of God (namely II.1 of the Church Dogmatics), at a time when Barth was nearly the only theologian actually reading the scholastics and taking them seriously. Barth is, at turns, appreciative and critical of Polanus. He clearly respects him.

    I would love to see a translation of the Syntagma, but I would much prefer it to be available in print format as well.

  2. March 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Something else that should be “Englished” – the French Reformed church historian and theologian Emile Doumergue (1844-1937) wrote a biography and theological assessment of Calvin’s writings which was published in 7 volumes (1897-1927), which has apparently never been translated into English. Faster, please!

  3. March 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I forget to mention the title of Doumergue’s work: “Jean Calvin: les hommes et les choses de son temps.”

  4. greenbaggins said,

    March 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Richard, I hear you, and that work should be translated. However, I am beginning to feel that the world of Calvin scholarship is getting really, really crowded. There are thousands of books, even in English, on Calvin and his work. Personally, I think a shift of attention to the scholastics is a welcome change (not that I mind excellent Calvin scholarship, of course!).

  5. Mark Kim said,

    March 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I agree with that there needs to be more focus on Reformed theology during the post-Reformation period. Especially in this day and age where Federal Visionist pastors always say that their views are much more closer to the historic Reformed tradition than their critics (which, if you studies the Reformed tradition carefully, that opinion is very clear unfounded).

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