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What Is a True Calvinist?

Direct Price: $4.99 $4.00
Format: Booklet
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9780875525983
Release Date: 05/19/03

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This practical introduction to Reformed spirituality demonstrates, in Ryken's words, that "the doctrines of grace help to preserve all that is right and good in the Christian life: humility, holiness, and thankfulness, with a passion for prayer and evangelism."

Ryken continues, "The true Calvinist ought to be the most outstanding Christian—not narrow and unkind, but grounded in God's grace and therefore generous of spirit."

Basics of the Faith booklets introduce readers to basic Reformed doctrine and practice. On issues of church government and practice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suitable for all church situations.


“John Calvin’s personal motto was I offer my heart to you, O God, promptly and sincerely. Philip Ryken has done a wonderful job of explaining the meaning of that motto. He can describe True Calvinism because he understands Calvin’s heart as well as his head. I am looking forward to using this booklet in my ministry.”

—Stephen Smallman

“A clear, biblical, and beautiful summary of Calvinism and the Reformed faith. This could be helpful to a new Christian as well as older Christians . . . easy to read and accurate.”

—Charles Dunahoo


The Author

Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Ryken is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Following his graduation from Wheaton College in 1988, he earned a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Ryken preached at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church from 1995 until his appointment at Wheaton in 2010. He has published more than 50 books, including Reformed Expository Commentaries on 1 Kings, Luke, Galatians, and 1 Timothy. He teaches the Bible weekly on the broadcast Every Last Word and serves as a board member for the Lausanne Movement, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, and The Gospel Coalition.