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."

ElderDad's picture

Commandeer away!

Ah dear brother,

Don't, repeat don't, wait for me. My intent was to start the ball rolling, not to shoot all the baskets. My posts were an attempt to get things going, but this is an open forum, not a study group. Please, please lead on.

Justin and I were having the same feeling about the same time, that the discussion was taking on a life of its own and needed to be moved to the general forums. So, while he was asking for someone to do it, I was doing it. Here it is -- go for it.

What I hope won't happen, although it's always a possibility, is for this thread to turn into a discussion of differences and whose theology is better. Justin's question was not, "Which theology is better?" but "What makes Reformed theology Reformed theology?" And, this was in the context of Reformed theology's impact on morality.

You are correct that the liberal trend has affected far more heritages than just the Reformed churches, but I made that distinction simply because it was pertinent to this discussion. My father dropped out of a Presbyterian seminary when I was very young, returned to our home town 2000 miles away, returned to a Presbyterian church that preached the Bible, and died a Presbyterian. Dad said regarding the seminary, "There is no way I am going to starve my family to pay professors to stand up in front of class and tell me the Bible is not the inspired, inerrant word of God." What always amazed me was the number of laymen in the Presbyterian churches who clung to traditional Presbyterian theology while their pastors got up and gave sermons putting down inspiration, virgin birth, miracles, etc.

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