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The Reformed faith is a branch within Western, Protestant Christianity that follows the theological and interpretive traditions of men such as John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, John Knox, John Owen, and Theodore Beza.
Since the Reformation period, the Reformed faith has become essentially synonymous with what is now called Calvinism, a theological perspective championed by men such as French Reformer John Calvin. Calvinism emphasizes the sovereignty of God in man's salvation and the total depravity of mankind apart from Christ. For Calvinists, the chief purpose of all things is the glory of God. Beyond the specifics of Calvinism, Reformed theology is distinct from other Reformation traditions (such as Lutheranism) on various doctrinal issues.