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This category will be devoted to a history of the Reformed churches, Reformed in the larger sense that they are a product of the Reformation, but not Anglican or Lutheran. These Reformed denominations are historically related by a similar Zwinglian or Calvinist system of doctrine but organizationally independent. Each of the nations in which the Reformed movement was established originally had its own church government. Several of these local churches have expanded to worldwide denominations and most have experienced splits into multiple denominations. The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) links more than 75 million Christians in over 100 countries around the world. Reformed doctrine is expressed in various creeds. Some of the common creeds are The Scots Confession, the Three forms of Unity (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt), the Second Helvetic Confession, the Westminster Standards (Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism and Larger Catechism.) Reformed churches have mainly three forms of church government: Presbyterian, Synodal (Swiss Reformed Churches) or Congregational. Although the origin of the Reformed Church is in Europe and it has become well established in North America, some of the largest Protestant denominations in Asia, Africa and Latin America are of Reformed/Presbyterian background.


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