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Calvinus Oecumenicus — Calvin's Vision Of The Unity And Catholicity Of The Church

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This chapter outlines Calvin's view of the church and examines his specific ecumenical outlook and activity. For although unity must begin with individuals and local groups, the goal must be the cooperation or unity of larger, ecclesiastical bodies. Calvin's high view of the church is based on the presupposition that her unity is based on a unity within the one Christ. Calvin is painfully aware of the divided body of Christ, not only between Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, but also within Protestantism. Calvin's view of the church is such that even when he refers to the church in a local situation, it is generally the one holy catholic church which he has in mind. To the unity of this church and its catholicity, Calvin gave his life.

Keywords: catholicity; Christian unity; John Calvin; Protestant churches; Roman Catholic churches

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