What Is Reformed Theology?
There is something healthy about returning to one’s roots. When it comes to evangelical Christianity, its roots are found in the soil of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. Just as the Reformers protested the corrupt teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, so today evangelicalism itself is in need of a modern reformation. In What Is Reformed Theology?, Dr. R.C. Sproul offers a comprehensive introduction to Reformed theology. Simply put, it is the theology of the Protestant Reformers and the heart of historical evangelicalism. As C.H. Spurgeon once said, Reformed theology is nothing other than biblical Christianity. (R. C. Sproul)
This site places much emphasis on the Reformed faith because of its emphasis on the total sovereignty of God in all of life. Luther's focus was mainly on what it takes for a person to be right before God and receive Christ's work of salvation. John Calvin took it a step further in that his presupposition was that since Jesus is Lord of the universe, how does that play itself out in all facets of one's life and one's culture?
Calvin took the ramifications of the Reformation to a deeper level than Luther since he focused on what the total sovereignty of Jesus meant to both the individual and the world. The end-result of Calvin's work was that it helped transform Europe more broadly since his work impacted both individuals and their surrounding culture. In this sense we are concerned with the holistic biblical worldview and its impact on the surrounding culture. In this section we will examine how Calvin's theology impacted law, public policy and the rise of republic forms of church and state governments.