Turretin On The Covenant Of Nature (1)

First Question

What was the liberty of Adam in his state of innocence?

I. Since man can be viewed in a fourfold state—the instituted (instituto) of nature, the destitute (destituto) of sin, the restored (restituto) of grace and the appointed (praestituto) of glory—his liberty ought also to be considered in different ways in reference to them. We treat here of the first only.

Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, ed. James T. Dennison Jr., trans. George Musgrave Giger, vol. 1 (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1992–97), 8.1.1 (p. 569).

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