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."

bwarddvm's picture

Luther and Calvin

Actually, Dave, Luther was a proponent of predestination, at least as it regards unconditional Sovereign election. This he clearly outlined in his book 'Of the Bondage of the Will'. However, the Lutheran denominations which were formed well after Luther's death and obviously carry his name do not subscribe to predestination/unconditional election and are distinctly Arminian in their soteriology.

Luther and Calvin did disagree on the forms of "substantiation" that occurs with/within the elements in Holy Communion along with differing views on their liturgical approaches to worship. Luther actually loved the RC church and had no desire to leave it, but rather just to reform the institution he loved so much from within. However, Rome did not leave him that option and sought, unsuccessfully, to track him down and execute him as a heretic.

You are certainly right that Reformation theology is not totally in accord with Calvinism, or vice versa, but my understanding is that the Reformed churches used that term early on after the rise of Arminianism to distinguish their own doctrines as consistent with those of the earliest Protestant churches.