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A Reformed perspective on God and man, world and church

This site is dedicated to presenting Reformed Theology and a Calvinist Worldview. You will find here a variety of articles related to the past and present of Reformed theology, Reformed Piety and Reformed Church life. We also strive to show the Biblical roots of Calvinism.
At this site we offer in the first place our own translations of articles written by classical Calvinists or by modern theologians, who try to apply this heritage to the present.
We also re-publish 'classical' articles by a variety of Christian theologians from the past and present. We do not necessarily agree with everything they write, but we believe that Reformed theology is deeply rooted in the broad teaching of the early Church Fathers and we seek to learn from other Christian traditions as well - just as far as they agree with the Word of God, the source of wisdom.



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LATEST MATERIALS:

Clay Quarterman, "Submission, Collaboration, and the End of War "
Published: 25.04.2016 13:32
In a previous article, we considered Christian Ministry in Time of War. But certainly it left many questions unanswered. One section dealt with Ministry in a Defeated Nation, and one reader raised some important questions in response: What if we lose a war, and there is an ongoing guerilla movement to resist the invaders? Should we participate or submit? Are we truly called to pray for the leaders of such a subjugated country? Is that to be disloyal to our nation? What biblical models do we find? As Christians, are we able both to be loyal to the Kingdom of God and to our fellow man? What does it mean to love our enemy?


Clay Quarterman, "Christian Ministry in Time of War"
Published: 29.05.2015 18:47
Wars begin and wars end, and whether a war is a just war or not, it leaves in its wake destroyed property and multitudes of torn and broken people. Historians will record and debate, chronicle and evaluate. But life will go on, and people must rebuild their lives. Christ, however, is not only present in the aftermath. He is with us in the midst of the mess. Ministry is especially needed at times like these.

We need a solid theological understanding of war to guide our practical ministry both during war and in its aftermath. A proper theology will instruct our view of Mankind and culture and history and mercy, affecting our ministry in practical ways, even showing us what Jesus means when he says to Love our Enemies.

We must provide a theological perspective for all of life (including war), providing the hope of the Gospel, as well as directing the many types of ministry that flow from it.

How can we minster Grace in time of War?


Erik van Alten, "War: an act of justice and a life of discipleship. Exploring the just war tradition"
Published: 29.05.2015 18:16
The just war tradition has received renewed interest in the last decade, even from prominent world leaders. However, this tradition is approached from a range of different perspectives, and it is quite easy to start following a secularized form of the just war tradition in which the different elements become like a checklist to be ticked off. A particular Christian perspective is required in which the justice of God becomes the guiding principle and which influences the whole of the Christian life of discipleship. The beauty of a specific Christian perspective on the just war is that it offers an overarching perspective, one not isolated to the field of war, but one touching the whole of life before the face of God.


Clay Quarterman, "A Review of `Calvin in the Public Square: Liberal Democracies, Rights, and Civil Liberties`"
Published: 29.05.2015 17:17
  David W. Hall, Pastor of Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA), Powder Springs, Georgia. He produced this volume for the 500th centenary of Calvins birth in 2009.   Calvin in the ... Read further


Alister Torrens, "Separated Kingdom?: Can recent debate over the new Two Kingdoms model improve our understanding of how the Church should relate to the world today?"
Published: 29.05.2015 15:35
How should the church understand its relationship with the wider culture? For at least the past century, most Reformed Christians have followed Kuyper and Bavinck in holding that grace restores and perfects nature, and that Gods goal of redemption encompasses not merely the bodies and souls of the elect, but also the renewal of the entire creation, which though created good, was then tainted and corrupted by sin and the curse of the Fall. A new teaching, the two kingdoms doctrine has challenged key aspects of this Kuyperian position in recent years. This article attempts a brief overview and assessment of the two kingdoms teaching, and a clarification of how the church (and her members) should relate to the world today.


Quizzes on Calvinism
Published: 13.09.2013 14:34
Recently we published some quizzes on Reformed Theology on our site. All of them are in English. Try them if you find them useful and interesting.

Available quizzes:

1. Do you understand the Calvinist doctrine of salvation?

2. How well do you know the history of Calvinism?

3. How much do you know about John Calvin?

4. How well do you know Reformed Confessions?

5. How well do you know the biographies of Reformed theologians?

6. How well do you know the characteristic views of Reformed theologians?


Gerald Bray, "The Gospel According to Pelagius"
Published: 20.09.2008 21:10
... Both Augustine and Pelagius argued their case from the Bible, and in particular from the Pauline Epistles. They both agreed that God had created mankind with free will, and that it was only by divine grace that anyone could, or would, be saved. The differences between them lay within these parameters. Pelagius believed that it was possible for people to do genuinely good things if they wished to, and that God would reward them for their efforts. He insisted that every person faces a real choice between good and evil, since if that were not so, God would have to be regarded as the author of evil, as well as of good, and the human will would have no significance of its own...


Cornelius Venema, "Evaluating Premillennialism"
Published: 02.09.2008 03:06
THE PROBLEM WITH PREMILLENNIALISM The common feature of all premillennial teaching is the claim that Christs return at the end of the age will take place before the period known as the millennium.... Read further


Jonathan Edwards, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
Published: 07.06.2008 03:15
In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were Gods visible people, and who lived under the means of grace; but who, notwithstanding all Gods wonderful works towards them, remained (as vers 28.) void of counsel, having no understanding in them. Under all the cultivations of heaven, they brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit; as in the two verses next preceding the text. -- The expression I have chosen for my text, their foot shall slide in due time, seems to imply the following things, relating to the punishment and destruction to which these wicked Israelites were exposed...


James I. Packer, "Puritan Evangelism"
Published: 30.05.2008 03:40
Which way are we to take in our endeavours to spread the gospel today? Forward along the road of modern evangelism, the intensive big-scale, short-term campaign, with its sustained wheedling for decisions and its streamlined machinery for handling shoals of converts? Or back to the old paths of Puritan evangelism, the quieter, broader-based, long-term strategy based on the local church, according to which man seeks simply to be faithful in delivering Gods message and leaves it to the sovereign Spirit to draw men to faith through that message in His own way and at His own speed? Which is loyal to Gods Word? Which is consistant with the Bible doctrine of sin, and of conversion? Which glorifies God? These are questions which demand the most urgent consideration at the present time.















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