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Fellowship and Community
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With the phrase “communion of saints,” Christianity confesses a fellowship in faith that is homogeneous in creed and conduct and transcends place and time. As important as this notion of the faith is, it cannot be hidden in earthen vessels without resulting in fractures, tensions and material fatigue. As early as 1 Cor the degree to which strife, jealousy, and pagan indecency (1; 3; 5–8) dominated in the community of those “called to be saints” (1:2) is evident. Aware of this problem, Zwingli distinguished between the invisib…

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Roosen, Rudolf, “Fellowship and Community”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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