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Calvinism (also called the Reformed tradition, the Reformed faith, or Reformed theology) is a theological system and an approach to the Christian life. The Reformed tradition was advanced by several theologians such as Martin Bucer, Heinrich Bullinger, Peter Martyr Vermigli, and Huldrych Zwingli, but this branch of Christianity bears the name of the French reformer John Calvin because of his prominent influence on it and because of his role in the confessional and ecclesiastical debates throughout the 16th century.
Today, this term also refers to the doctrines and practices of the Reformed churches of which Calvin was an early leader. Less commonly, it can refer to the individual teaching of Calvin himself. The particulars of Calvinist theology may be stated in a number of ways. Perhaps the best known summary is contained in the five points of Calvinism, though these points identify the Calvinist view on soteriology rather than summarizing the system as a whole. Broadly speaking, Calvinism stresses the sovereignty or rule of God in all things — in salvation but also in all of life. This concept is seen clearly in the doctrines of predestination and total depravity.
(Kingdom of England
), also named William I (Kingdom of Ireland
), William II (Kingdom of Scotland
), and William III of Orange (Principality of Orange
and the Netherlands
) (The Hague
, 14 November 1650 – Kensington Palace
, 8 March 1702), was a Dutch Prince of Orange
from his birth, and Stadtholder
of the main provinces of the Dutch Republic
from 28 June 1672, King of England
and King of Ireland
from 13 February 1689, and King of Scotland
from 11 April 1689, in each case until his death. Born a member of the House of Orange-Nassau
, William III won the English, Scottish and Irish Crowns following the Glorious Revolution
, during which his uncle and father-in-law, James II
, was deposed. In England
, William ruled jointly with his wife, Mary II
, until her death on 28 December 1694. He reigned as 'William II' in Scotland, but 'William III' in all his other realms. Often he is referred to as William of Orange, a name he shared with many other historical figures. In Northern Ireland
, he is often informally known as King Billy
. An important consequence of William's reign in England involved the ending of a bitter conflict between Crown and Parliament that had lasted since the accession of the first English monarch of the House of Stuart
, James I
, in 1603. The conflict over royal and parliamentary power had led to the English Civil War
during the 1640s and the Glorious Revolution
of 1688. During William's reign, however, the conflict was settled in Parliament's favour by the Bill of Rights 1689
, the Triennial Act 1694
and the Act of Settlement 1701
- ... that the design of the Third Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Ohio, may have been patterned after the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem?
- ...that John Calvin's works include some 1,300 letters, making him "the great letter-writer of the Reformation age" according to B. B. Warfield?
- ...that for the first four decades of its existence, the altar of the Reformed Dutch Church in Bloomingburg, New York, was on the same end as the main entrance?
- ... that the 1919 demolition of "one of the most costly religious edifices" in New York City, the 1906 Madison Square Presbyterian Church, was called "a distinct architectural loss"?
- ...that the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens, is the oldest continuously serving Presbyterian church in the United States?
"There is not one little blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make men rejoice."
- -- John Calvin (Wikiquote), As quoted in The Value of Convenience: Genealogy of Technical Culture (1993) by Thomas F. Tierney, p. 128
"There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: 'Mine!'"
- -- Abraham Kuyper (Wikiquote), As quoted in Abraham Kuyper, A Centennial Reader, (1998) James D. Bratt, editor, p. 488
"I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed."
- -- Matthew Henry (Wikiquote), As quoted in Preaching Today, by John Yates, tape #110
Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
- Article requests : Scottish Second Reformation, More...
- Cleanup : Imputed righteousness
- Copyedit : Better integrate Calvinism, the Five points of Calvinism (and the pages for each point), and the History of Calvinist-Arminian debate. Revise unconditional election.
- Expand : Presbyterian worship, Unconditional election, Regulative principle of worship, More...
- NPOV : Charles Hodge, A. A. Hodge
- Stubs : Split-leaf psalter, Gaspar Karolyi, Westminster Standards, Christian philosophy, More...
- Verify : Puritan, Presuppositional apologetics
- Wikify : Imputed righteousness, First Great Awakening
If those don't satisfy, try wandering through Category:Calvinism articles by quality looking for things to do.
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