Reflection Paper 2 - Running head CALVINISM AND SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY Calvinism and Systematic Theology Joseph Kirby Calvinism and Systematic Theology

Reflection Paper 2 - Running head CALVINISM AND SYSTEMATIC...

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Running head: CALVINISM AND SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY Calvinism and Systematic Theology Joseph Kirby Calvinism and Systematic Theology
CALVINISM AND SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 2 Introduction Calvinism refers to a large group of Protestants who adopted theological tradition and forms of Christian faith of reformation era theologians. It stresses the fact that God is the sovereign ruler of all things, in life, and the salvation of mankind (Allen & Lemke, 2010). Most critics indicate that Calvinism churches have simple lifestyles, and they refer to it as a reformed tradition or faith. This method of worship owes its origin to a reformer by the name John Calvin. On its part, systematic theology is a system that attempts to formulate a well-organized, coherent system of Christian faith and beliefs. This theory tries to find out, in a systematic way, how Christian doctrines develop over time (Berkhof, 1996). Some theologians refer to systematic theology as a topical collection and exploration of the bible contents. Both Calvinism and systematic theology are similar in that they have biblical foundations, as well as practical application, in the modern society. Theological Definition of Calvinism According to one outspoken historian, Calvinism is the highest form of development that society reached, in the 16th century, after vigorous religious and political reforms. As a principle of its own, Calvinism brings about some form of independence to human beings. It is a religion

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