Post-Reformation Bonanza

vitringa_institutesOne of the great problems in the study of post-Reformation Reformed orthodoxy (scholasticism) is the relative unavailability of primary sources. There is the Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts, to which Westminster Seminary California blessedly has a subscription (thanks to our donors!). Now there is a new resource via the good folks at the Meeter Center at Calvin Theological Seminary: the Post-Reformation Digital Library. Some of these texts are in English, but many are not. For those of us whose vocation it is to teach Reformed theology and to study its history, this is a great day. Many thanks to Richard Muller, Jordan J. Ballor , Albert Gootjes, Todd Rester, and moderator David Sytsma for putting this together.

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  1. If you mean the Richard Muller I think you mean… you forgot the “r” at the end of his name.

    I’m just saying… =)

    • Good question. No answers off the top of my bald head. The standard published survey is Preus’ 2 vol work. There are some texts at the Concordia Sem (Ft Wayne) site but how many of them belong to the period of orthodoxy I don’t know. Repristination Press publishes some Lutheran orthodox texts in English.

        • Jordan,

          At the PRDL we found quite a bit at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek digitization project. You might also try the digitized Hardenberg collection at the Johannes a Lasko Bibliothek at Emden. In regard to the folks at Lutheran Legacy, I would say the majority are from the period. Quenstedt is a must have (though their copy is missing a page … but its only ONE page out of 1300 or so right? hope you don’t need THAT one) and Glass among others are worth your time.

          You might check out the work of Robert Kolb on the Wittenberg circle for several leads if you are looking for other lesser known figures.

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