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Church Reform
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[German Version]

With the “communion of saints” (cf. 1 Cor 12; CA 7), Christianity confesses to a time and space-transcending community of faith with uniform beliefs, for which the notion of reform is completely alien. The more a Christian church describes even its worldly appearance (ecclesia visibilis) in terms of this reality of faith, the more difficult it is for it even to consider the notion of reform as a reliable instrument for overcoming systemic and organizational crises. While the Protestant church is well aware of the necessity …

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Roosen, Rudolf, “Church Reform”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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