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In die Skriflig

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VAN WYK, J.H.. To cross ten seas: Calvin on the unity of the church - a contribution to a more responsible ecclesiology. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.2, pp. 301-316. ISSN 1018-6441.

As far as ecclesiology is concerned, Calvin experienced a great dilemma during his lifetime. On the one hand, there was the clear teaching of Scripture on the unity of the church of Christ, as confirmed by the great church father Augustine. On the other hand, a separation from the Catholic Church of the sixteenth century was unavoidable. Calvin wrestled intensely with this problem and tried to adhere to biblical teaching on unity. He was disappointed that the Protestant churches distanced themselves from the theme of unity and declared himself willing to cross ten seas in order to recapture this unity. This leaves us with the question to what extent the reformational churches today take the (visible) unity of the church of Christ seriously.

Keywords : Calvin; disunity; ecumenicity; church unity.

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