Recently there was a discussion of what it means to be "Reformed" on an internet discussion list. The following was an answer given, which I believe to be very good.

Ed Walsh writes:

Professor Byron Curtis, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Geneva College, whom many of you will recognize from other lists, posted the following on one of those lists. It is the definition he gives his new students.

"To be reformed means:

1) to confess with the orthodox churches the consensus of the first five centuries of Christianity, including:

2) to confess with the Reformation churches the four great "Solas:" 3) to confess with the Reformed churches the distinctives of the Reformed faith: 4) finally, in everything, as Christians everywhere joyfully affirm: Soli Deo Gloria. 'To God alone be the glory.'

Byron G. Curtis
Assistant Prof/Biblical Studies
Geneva College"