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Reformed Churches
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I. History and Theology

1. Terminology.

For programmatic theological reasons, the Reformed churches rejected the exonym Calvinist churches. They referred to themselves as Reformed churches because they did not think of themselves as new churchdoms alongside the one holy church but as a part of that church, albeit as part of it renewed according to God’s Word in Holy Scripture. In speaking of themselves, therefore, they eschewed references …

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Busch, Eberhard, Plasger, Georg, Strohm, Christoph, Guder, Darrell, Veddeler, Berend and Holtrop, Pieter N., “Reformed Churches”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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