293: What is Reformed Theology? Is it the Same as Calvinism?

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In this episode, Kenny briefly explains and outlines the history and essence of Reformed Theology (also known as Calvinism). This podcast episode is designed to be a foundational episode, laying the foundation for future episodes of the podcast that dive deeper into this topic.

Kenny argues that there were four types of Protestants in the 1500s: Lutherans, Anabaptists, Anglicans, and Reformed/Calvinists. To hold to “Reformed Theology” would be to affirm the theology of that fourth group.

Kenny gives us eight observations of that specific group:

  1. Unconditional election
  2. Covenantal theology
  3. Spiritual reality in participating in the sacraments
  4. Primary and secondary uses of the Law
  5. Christ-centered hermeneutic
  6. Pedobaptism
  7. Regulative Principle of Worship
  8. Particular application of theology to the public square


Additional Resources

Introduction: What is Reformed Theology? with R.C. Sproul

What was the Protestant Reformation?

If the Reformation Caused Division, Why Was it a Good Thing?

Why Are There So Many Denominations?

Where’d All These Calvinists Come From?

Book Review: ‘The Anabaptist Story’ by William Estep