Participation & the Reformed Tradition

Todd Billings argues in Calvin, Participation, and the Gift that there is a strong theology of participation in Calvin’s theology, and surely he is correct. The question then becomes: “How is it that the subsequent Reformed tradition, for example the Westminster Divines, lost this emphasis?”  Surely the answer is that, in losing the historic episcopate, whose job it is to preserve the liturgical tradition of the church, they lost the fullness of sacramental worship and practice.

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