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Are you interested in Calvinism without Presbyterian polity? Do you believe the Bible teaches that elders are to rule in each local church but do not have the right to rule other churches? This might be the group for you.

If so, you're in good company -- along with Reformed luminaries such as Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, William Ames, Oliver Cromwell, Cotton Mather, and many of the other conservative Reformed leaders of the Puritan movement in New England and England of the 1600s. This discussion list exists for discussion of church polity and Reformed theology. It accepts as its doctrinal standards the 1648 Cambridge Platform and the 1658 Savoy Declaration of Faith and Order.

Drafted shortly after the Westminster Assembly issued its Westminster Confession, the Cambridge Platform was produced by one of the first Congregational synods, called by authority of the Massachusetts civil government and meeting in Cambridge, the town across from Boston where Harvard is located. The Cambridge Platform is a platform of church polity replying to the Presbyterian view of church government articulated in Chapter 30 and 31 of the WCF while accepting the Reformed doctrines articulated in the rest of the Westminster Confession. The Savoy Declaration is a later document issued by English Congregationalists under Oliver Cromwell. It defined Congregationalism more clearly over against other wings of the English Independent movement by revising the Westminster Confession according to Congregational principles. Produced by the Savoy Synod meeting at the Savoy Palace in London, the Savoy Declaration's key figure appears to have been John Owen.

Membership in this list is not limited to Congregationalists -- others are welcome to question, debate, and discuss provided that their topics are within the system of doctrine known as Reformed Christianity.

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  • Calvinist
  • Apr 28, 2000
  • English

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