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

Re:'Reformed Calvinism'


I am not totally clear on what you are asking, but I will offer a few comments that might be of help

I am not aware of any use the term 'Reformed Calvinism'. 'Calvinism' is generally considered a synonym for 'Reformed Theology'. However, I believe it is important to keep in mind that the primary theological distinctions attributed to Calvin were not originated by him, but in fact, rooted in the teachings of Augustine. Certainly I would say that the precepts found in the famous TULIP acronym are found in the writings of Augustine, whom, I have no doubt, would himself attribute to the teachings of the apostles. This is not to say that I have read exhaustively the writings of Augustine nor have I plowed completely through the very extensive classic 'Institutes of the Christian Religion' by Calvin. I would suspect those who have done so would find some areas of differences between the two theologians on some of the less essential issues which they both addressed.

Documents such as the Westminster Confession were written by a plurality of theologians and churchmen drawing upon the works of a number of Reformers other than Calvin such as Luther, Phillip Melangthon and Ulrich Zwingli among others. However, Westminster is generally considered to be basically consistent with Calvinism. So I would say that it would be correct to say that Calvin was certainly not a 'lone ranger' in the formation of what we call today Reformed Theology and in that context, yes, Reformed Theology is an 'adjusted' form of Calvinism.

And, probably not surprising to you, there have been and are extreme forms of both Calvinism (i.e. 'HyperCalvinism') and Reformed Theology among those who have become referred to as 'Totally Reformed'.

Hope that clarifies more than it muddies your understandings.