Van Asselt On Why Confessional Reformed Seminaries Matter

The Academy of Geneva was established in 1559 under politically difficult circumstances. Especially under Theodore Beza (1519–1605), who was also instrumental in the creation of two chairs of law in 1566 and a chair of medicine in 1567, the academy flourished and drew students from numerous countries. Geneva was also a haven for refugees who were threatened for their faith in their own country. Scottish Reformer John Knox (ca. 1514–1572), for example, stayed in Geneva for a number of months in 1554 and 1555. In 1564, the year of Calvin’s death, the academy had more than three hundred registered students, 80 percent from outside Geneva.

Among the Genevan students were Caspar Olevianus, who would play an important role for the Reformed church in Heidelberg, Philip Marnix of St. Aldegonde, an aristocrat and good friend of William of Orange; Franciscus Junius and Jacobus Arminius, both professors at Leiden; and Thomas Bodley, the founder of the famous library of Oxford.

Willem J. van Asselt | Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2011), 112. (HT: Inwoo Lee).


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  1. Again just awesome stuff. We need more confessional reformed pastors out there who know the creeds confessions and catechism. Shout out to Westminster Cali. You guys are doing a great job! If you guys wanna send any of the dudes over there to Mass. That would be sick. We need more reformed guys out here especially near Boston! Great quote!

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