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One Church And The Pure Preaching Of The Word — Theses And Observations On The Theme

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The title of this chapter implies first of all that the unity of the church is founded on the pure preaching of the Word of God. The stated position is generally shared by the Reformed and Lutheran traditions. As a matter of historical fact, at least some Reformed churches have tended from the seventeenth century onwards to disagree and sometimes also to divide - most frequently (though not only) on questions of doctrine, of the sacraments, and of church order, or ethical issues of social, political, and economic responsibility. This may be taken as showing just how seriously the Reformed tradition takes the ecclesial marks of Word, sacrament and discipline - but in ways that have led and sometimes still lead to different and not infrequently mutually exclusive conclusions.

Keywords: Lutheran traditions; pure preaching; reformed churches; reformed tradition; seventeenth century; Word of God

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