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Ecclesiology: Exegesis And Discipline

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The ideas of Peter Martyr Vermigli on ecclesiology and discipline have been brought together in this chapter. The chapter begins with an analysis of the notae or marks of the true church of Christ, namely the signs that demonstrated which of the many competing institutions then claiming to be that church really was truly faithful to Christ. The established view, of course, was that of the Roman Catholic Church, and it was advanced and developed in the sixteenth century by a number of theologians specializing in controversy. The one against whom Vermigli was most consciously arguing was Stanislaus Hosius, a Polish cardinal, who was the presiding officer at the final sessions of the council of Trent, which adopted the definitions of doctrines that became authoritative for the Catholic church in the period of the reformation.

Keywords: church; ecclesiology; exegesis; Roman Catholic Church; theologians

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