Reformed Theology

ElderDad's picture

There may have previously been a thread on this subject, but I don't find it high enough in the list to see it. Therefore, I will start a thread and let it take its course. The purpose of this topic is to provide a place other than the Study of the Gospel of John, where it has become a side issue with considerable activity. Unfortunately, it is off-track there, so here it is in the open forum. The purpose is to give a place to post items dealing with traditional Reformed Theology. Because CCEL comes out of the Reformed community, there are many books dealing with Reformed Theology and Preaching in the CCEL library. However, in keeping with the ecumenical effort of the founders and supporters of this site, there are also books in the CCEL library that disagree with Reformed Theology. Sooooo, let me remind all participants in this forum, "Keep it loving, or keep it at home."

Randy Seiver's picture

Calvinism as we know it.

The reality is that Calvinism as we know it, at least in the soteriological sense, did not begin with Calvin. Anyone who has Read Calvin knows that he leans heavily on Augustine in his teaching. There were others outside the Roman system who, prior to the Reformation, e.g., the Waldenses (12th Century)who believed in God's sovereign election and other doctrines later revived in the Reformation. The doctrines we now know as "the five points of Calvinism" did not originate with Calvin but with the Synod of Dort in 1618-19.

I have said that to say this, you are right to raise the question, "What are we talking about when we talk about Reformed theology or Calvinism?" It is also good to remember that the English Puritans took a different view of the Sabbath than did the Continental Reformers. There is a ton to discuss here.

Randy




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