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The Unity Of The Church And The Reformed Tradition — An Introduction

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This book challenges the traditional low-key attitude towards the unity of the church within the Reformed tradition. It investigates which theological aspects did contribute to a weak sensus unitatis within this tradition and searches for theological concepts with can remedy this disease of division. The articles in this book stems from contributions to the Seventh Biannual Conference of the academic network of International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI) from 3 to 8 July 2007. It revisits and re-evaluates the elements within the tradition that have been identified as being instrumental in supporting the unity of the church: the pure preaching of the Word, the pure administration of the sacraments, the confessional unity and discipline as an extra element to protect the integrity, and the unity of the church. In fact, each of these 'instruments' are used in the other Christian traditions as well to support the unity of the church.

Keywords: Christian traditions; confessional unity; International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI); preaching; reformed tradition; sacraments; theological concepts; unity of the church



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