History, Identity Politics, and the “Recovery of the Reformed Confession”

  • Chris Caughey
  • Crawford Gribben
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Engaging with the arguments of Clark and Hart, this chapter explores the various ways in which some major Reformed confessions have changed over time. The authors ask whether it is possible for contemporary Protestants to be Reformed in the senses in which the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century ecclesiastical assemblies who drafted the original confessional documents—and the members of those churches—understood the term “Reformed.” The authors argue that if being Reformed in this way is not possible, then greater latitude ought to be extended to various contemporary groups which want to self-identify as Reformed.


Baptist Presbyterian Reformed Puritanism Early modern Britain Historical theology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Caughey
    • 1
  • Crawford Gribben
    • 1
  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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