Much of traditional liturgy is rejected some in the

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→ much of traditional liturgy is rejected→ some in the Reformed tradition will reject use of musical instruments in worshipGeneva/Holy CommonwealthoAttempted to set up model Christian communityUnion of Church & stateEverybody must b ChristianSign creedcatechism in schoolsBanishedfailedView of church and stateoGodly magistrate maintains civil order and religious uniformityoOrdained by GodoSupports idea of Holy CommonwealthoAlliance of church and stateState enforces religious laws as civil lawsLegislative leaders should b ChristiansView of the Lord’s Supper and baptismoLord Supperspiritual nourishmentweeklySacraments offer and present Christobut don’t bestow graceoInfant baptismsign of covenantCan b forgiven by Christ’s act on the crossPresent in OTCircumcision= way that infants enter into God’s familyView of ScriptureoInspired Word of God (divine origin)oConfirmed by the inner witness of the Holy Spiritto see the Bible as Word is a gift from GodoScriptures are not a source book of natural scienceoCalvin wrote many commentaries on ScriptureView of God’s sovereignty and providence
32oprovidence“Nothing takes place by chance”even the smallest details are subject to God’s directionCalvin appeals to the mystery and incomprehensibility of God’s actionsHumans must not believe that they and God are subject to same standards of judgmentoThere is an “abyss” between usWe will never b able to fully understand GodCalvin doesn’t blame God who is called utterly loving and just in the ScripturesoThe sovereignty of GodAbsolute sovereignty of God= God decrees & executes everythingBible= teaches God’s particular direction in individual livesPredestinationDoesn’t mean God knows absolutely who’s chosen (the elect)How to judge who might b saved:Participation in the 2 sacraments (baptism & Lord’s Supper)Upright moral lifePublic profession fo the faithConsequence of faith= effort to introduce the kingdom of God on earthNo1 can b a true Christian w/o aspiring to holiness in his lifePursuit of moral righteousnessoPrimary feature of CalvinismoMade character a fundamental test of genuine religious lifeTaught that no man has any claim to absolute powerEncouraged the growth of representative assemblies & stressed their right to resist the tyranny ofmonarchsoKey factor in development of modern const govChurch ≠ subject to secular gov except in secular mattersochurch= obligation to God to guide the secular authorities in spiritual mattersImages in worshipocondemned as idolatryoThe Reformed Tradition said only items which has clear biblical basis can be retained from the tradition.

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Term
Fall
Professor
Holleyman
Tags
Gnosticism, The New Testament, New Testament, God frm God, The Confessions

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