Reformed Theology

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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

Quite aware

Yes, I am quite aware of the difference, and I apologize for not pointing out the difference myself. You are correct that I was referring to the PCUSA, which is what most people think of when they refer to Presbyterian churches. There are also several even smaller Presbyterian denominations, but PCA is the second largest in the United States. For those not familiar with the Presbyterian churches, most of the smaller denominations, I believe, have remained conservative in their theology and polity. PCA has a lot going for it, even though it is only about 1/10 the size of PCUSA. Also within the more conservative groups of similar background and theology are the Christian Reformed Churches of America. In that group can be found such scholars of the past as Abraham Kuyper. As can be noted in the upper, righthand corner of the CCEL screen, it finds its home at Calvin College, a ministry of the CRCA. The heritage can be noted in the majority of the theological books in the CCEL library, even though the CCEL library is not limited to the Reformed tradition. It has numerous books written by great Presbyterians and other Reformed theology churches of the past.

Two things I thank our Heavenly Father for are the continuation of these churches that follow the traditional Reformed faith, and those members and churches in PCUSA that still maintain that faith in spite of the trend. And we would do well to pray for a return on the part of the others.

Lest anyone think, however, that this is a unique situation with the Reformed tradition, I will point out that a very similar parallel has occurred in the Wesleyan churches as well. (But this thread is not about them.)

Thanks for pointing out the distinction in case there are those who are unaware of it.

Dave S.
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