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Church Unity
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I. Church History – II. Theology – III. Ecumenics

I. Church History

The unity of the church as a theological term does not appear explicitly in the New Testament; it emerged during the early history of the church, although the concept itself is a central NT theme. A further difficulty for a historical presentation is the nature of unity: is it ethical and theological (consensus in faith and conduct; cf. Eph 4:1–6) or juridical an…

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Haustein, Jörg, Brandt, Reinhard and Hardt, Michael, “Church Unity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_04144>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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