This page covers a few topics which seem to come up for discussion every few months on one or another of the Calvinism pages. They are addressed here; if you feel the need to reopen any of them, please do it on the talk page of this article, or an appropriate subpage.
Scope of the terms "Calvinist" and "Reformed"
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What things should be included as "Calvinist"? Are "Calvinist" and "Reformed" the same thing?
Various editors have observed that the terms "Calvinist" and "Reformed" are used synonymously in reliable sources. Those who attempt to draw distinctions between them do not always draw the same distinction; some see Calvinist as a subset of Reformed, and some see them the opposite way around. Because of Wikipedia's descriptivist policy that has to represent all opinions, the terms end up being synonymous.
- Category talk:Calvinist ministers and theologians
Are Reformed Baptists Calvinists?
In line with Wikipedia's descriptivist policy (see above), Reformed Baptists must be included as Calvinists.
Are some of the Neo-Orthodox (eg. Karl Barth) Calvinist?
In line with Wikipedia's descriptivist policy, yes, he must be included as such. However, since traditional Calvinists reject Barth's Calvinism, this should be noted too.