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Church Membership
(2,015 words)

1. Protestant and Roman Cathlic

Church membership and adherence are related to the theological and institutional understanding of the church. Church membership has both spiritual and legal dimensions.

1.1. On the Protestant view, the church is the communion of saints instituted by the Holy Spirit. Church membership, then, is essentially being part of the communion of saints. It begins with the work of the Holy Spirit, who brings …

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Plathow, Michael, Thon, Nikolaus, Geldbach, Erich, Grosse, Heinrich and Engelhardt, Hanns, “Church Membership”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C819>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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