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Differences in Calvinist, reformed, and Presbyterian

Discussion in 'Presbyterian DIR' started by athanasius, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. athanasius

    athanasius Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2006
    What are the theological and dogmatic differences between the Reformed Church and the Presbyterian Church? Aren't they both Calvinist in nature?

    A curious Catholic would like to know:)

    Thanks and God bless you in Jesus through Mary,
  2. Elder46

    Elder46 New Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    There few differences between them,almost no major ones. Some may use different names for governing bodies, etc. It is amazing to see the groups that fit under the Calvinist/Reformed/Presbyterian tent.
  3. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

    Jun 4, 2005
    They are all Calvinistic churches.
    Presbyterianism started in Scotland with the Scottish reformation. and was very strictly Calvinistic.
    The name comes from the way it is governed. ( it has no bishops)
    It spread quickly to Ireland. But a number of those churches did not subscribe to the Westminster confession and became non subscribing Presbyterians. Many churches in the low countries did the same. many protestant churches remained Lutheran.

    Calvinistic churches subscribe to the theological acronym T.U.L.I.P which can be found here
    The Five Points of Calvinism | The Calvinist Corner Other Protestant Churches like the Anglicans Only pay some some lip service to Calvin, Do have bishops and believe in the episcopal succession. ( as do Catholics)
    #3 Terrywoodenpic, Feb 10, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2012