Calvinism differs from Lutherans on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, theories of worship, and the use of God's law for believers, among other things. Keller, John Piper, David Wells, and Michael Horton.
As declared in the Westminster and Second Helvetic confessions, a basic principle is that the Bible is to be interpreted by itself, meaning the parts that are harder to understand are examined in the light of other passages where the Bible is more explicit on the matter. Reformed churches may exercise several forms of ecclesiastical polity; most are presbyterian or congregationalist, though some are episcopalian.
Very good” but added: “awkwardly worded title.” Within the brief compass of this paper it would be impossible to give an adequately comprehensive treatment of so extensive a theme as a comparison and evaluation of the theology of Luther with that of Calvin; however, the most salient feature of these systems of theology may at least be cursorily described.Even those of us who do not subscribe to many of their views are forced to admit that they stood out as great leaders, notwithstanding their mistakes, in the historical movement which was moving toward individual responsibility and freedom of thought.The reformation was inevitable and certainly we cannot point to any single individual as being responsible for its coming. But in all fairness, we must give some credit to the individual.Calvin used Protestant principles to establish a religious government; and in 1555, he was given absolute supremacy as leader in Geneva.As Martin Luther's successor as the preeminent Protestant theologian, Calvin was known for an intellectual, unemotional approach to faith that provided Protestantism's theological underpinnings, whereas Luther brought passion and populism to his religious cause.