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The Church and the Churches

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How can Christians claim to hold in common one Lord, one faith, and one baptism while their churches remain splintered? Theological giant Karl Barth's mature, historic discussion of the problem of church unity still deserves careful attention.
Paperback, 59 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Robert D. Cornwall
What is the basis of Christian unity? Should we pursue unity among churches, perhaps through mergers? What would that entail? Must we find the lowest common denominator -- the most basic confession?

Karl Barth's little book The Churches and the Church originated in an address given in 1937 to the Edinburgh World Conference on Faith and Order. He raises the question of the relationship of the church and the churches. He seeks to avoid the idea of an invisible church, such that the institutional c
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Not a bad introduction to Barth, I guess.
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Karl Barth (pronounced "bart") was a Swiss Reformed theologian whom critics hold to be among the most important Christian thinkers of the 20th century; Pope Pius XII described him as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas. Beginning with his experience as a pastor, he rejected his training in the predominant liberal theology typical of 19th-century Protestantism, especially German.

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