An Introduction to the Reformed Tradition: A Way of Being the Christian Community

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Westminster John Knox Press, 1981 M01 1 - 264 pages
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A concise and readable study for laypersons and clergy alike, this book is indispensable for all informed people in many different confessional communities. With the passion of one who not only observes but believes, John Leith touches on all aspects of Reformed history, theology, polity, liturgy, and Christian culture with a balance of enthusiasm and critical judgment that always rings true.

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Contents

TRADITIONING THE FAITH
17
A Secular and Pluralistic Society
24
THE REFORMED CHURCHES
32
Great Britain
41
Australia New Zealand and South Africa
50
Membership of Reformed Churches
56
Diagram of Presbyterian Churches in Scotland
68
The Polemic Against Idolatry
74
POLITY AND THE REFORMED TRADITION
145
Reformed Polities
152
Episcopacy
164
Congregationalism
168
LITURGY AND THE REFORMED TRADITION
174
Reformed Liturgies
180
Farels Liturgy
188
Representative Reformed Liturgies and Directories
197

The Life of the Mind as the Service of God
80
The Disciplined Life
85
What Is Theology?
91
The Development of Reformed Theology
112
Representative Theologians
127
Reformed Confessions
133
Representative Reformed Theologies
140
CHAPTER V
144
Literature
205
Political Order
212
Learning
219
The Bible as the Word of God
225
NOTES
234
INDICES
257
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