Is the Westminster Confession “scholastic”?

To follow in the footsteps of the Reformed orthodox, “we distinguish”! Here is Richard Muller on the issue of “scholasticism” and the Westminster Confession:

… the Westminster Confession, although produced in an era of scholastic doctrine, does not itself follow the method. As the theologians of the day would have noted, a confession is not “scholastic”; rather, it is positive or declarative and belongs to a genre parallel to that of a catechism … it is doubtless true that the architectonic vision and patters of definition found in the Westminster Assembly’s confession and catechisms reflect the concerns for clarity, precise definition , and logically presented argument characteristic of a mind trained in scholastic forms, but the documents themselves are not strictly “scholastic”.
Richard Muller, After Calvin, 27

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2 Responses to “Is the Westminster Confession “scholastic”?”

  1. westportexperiment Says:

    I also often observe how the Confession is saturated with Scripture phraseology. If that’s the case, and the Confession is supposedly ‘scholastic,’ then I suppose the Scriptures are scholastic.

  2. Donald John MacLean Says:

    Yes, it is very rich in Scripture. The problem with accusations of “scholasticism” is that so often the term is left undefined (or defined wrongly) – which is why Muller is so helpful!

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