The Canons Of Dort Were Not Intended To Be A Comprehensive Statement Of Reformed Theology, Piety, And Practice





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  1. This is an important issue, but is often ignored by many evangelicals who refer to themselves as “Calvinists”. I like to use Richard Muller’s excellent essay in a 1993 Calvin Theological Journal, “How Many Points?” when approaching people who claim to be Calvinist, but haven’t the foggiest idea what that means other than TULIP and don’t even understand the root of those cannons from the Synod of Dort. When pointing out that “Reformed” means a great deal more than just the five points and having handed them a copy of the essay to discover the various facets of true Reformed theology, it has never turned out well. In fact, one of the recipients of that essay, a pastor who considers himself a “reformed baptist,” was insulted and called Muller arrogant and condescending.

    So…the question here is, how did what were rightly established as the norms for Reformed piety and practice in the 16th/17th Centuries become so warped into five-point Calvinism only, especially among American evangelicals and some baptists? Maybe I should re-read Darryl’s book on the matter.

  2. Rather than making the 5 points the distinctive of being Reformed wouldn’t Covenant Theology more properly be the Reformed distinctive?

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