The Reformation and the Formation of an Orthodoxy

The title here is Muller’s section title. He posits that “the Reformation” and “the formation of an Orthodoxy” are two related, but separate events or eras. A final element of the thesis or the approach to Reformed orthodoxy found both in this and in the subsequent volumes concerns the nature of a Protestant “orthodoxy” itself. …

Tradition in the church at the time of the Reformation

This is from a blog post I did a while ago that described the major differences among the earliest churches of the Reformation as if “church tradition” were a “junk drawer”. It went like this: We all have a “top dresser drawer” into which we throw everything that there’s no other place for. Over time, …

Lutheranism is application; Calvinism seeks to understand

Given that one of our purposes here is to try to get Lutherans and Calvinists to better understand each other, I thought it would be important to try to characterize the differences from a Reformed perspective. Following some others, I believe that the difference between “application” and “understanding” is one of the simplest ways to …