Reformed Christianity

This is a Christian Protestant denomination, also called Calvinism, after its founder, John Calvin.

The Reformed church was one of the results of the Protestant Reformation. It’s name is coincidentally related to the Reformation itself. The Catholic church referred to the denomination as “Calvinism” (somewhat pejoratively), and that name is often still used.

There are two major branches: Dutch Reformed and German Reformed.

Reformed theology has five tenants or doctrines, represented by the acronym TULIP:

There are two major organizations of Reformed churches in the United States:

Why I Looked It Up

My children attended a Dutch Reformed Christian school (it was previously named “Calvin Christian School”). My son still attends a Dutch Reformed church. I never quite understood what it meant.


I’m reading The Covenant by James Michener, which is a history of South Africa and the Dutch experience there. It’s fiction, but there’s a passage where a character thinks about Unconditional Election:

[…] French Calvinism was a quiet, stable, often beautiful religion in which a human being, from the moment he was conceived, was registered in God’s great account book as either saved or damned. He would never know which, but if life smiled on him and his fields prospered, there had to be a supposition that he was amoung the saved. Therefore, it behooved a man to work diligently, for this indicated he was eligible to be chosen.


Added on May 4, 2022

I did some looking for Bible verses that supported Unconditional Election. I found these:


I was watching a documentary about White colonialism, and it mentioned that the Dutch in South Africa felt that since non-Whites were born into poverty and were considered “savages,” that was proof that they were not God’s elect. Conversely, White people were born into more wealth, civilization, and success, and therefore they were obviously part of the elect.

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