The Unity of the One Church

Saturday, 01 Mar 2003

The church's unity is always, first and foremost, a spiritual reality rather than a sociological fact.
"Come on now, how can you, as an evangelical Protestant, speak seriously about the unity of the church? You can hardly agree on anything amongst yourselves!" So guffawed my English Catholic friend whose recent "homecoming" to Rome from Evangelicalism bore all the enthusiasm of a neophyte–along with acute knowledge of the perceived issues and real problems besetting modern-day evangelical Protestantism. At the end of a two-hour debate in an English pub where our topics ranged from personal anecdotes to modestly serious analyses of ecclesiastical history, my friend suggested that I read the seventeenth-century Roman ...

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