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Calvin, Luther and church unity

I.W.C. van Wyk
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 44 | a190 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v44i0.190 | © 2010 I.W.C. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2010 | Published: 26 July 2010

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I.W.C. van Wyk, Africa Institute for Missiology, Reformed Theological College, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article deals with Luther and Calvin’s efforts to preserve and promote church unity. Attention is given to their role as leaders of the reformational movement who self-evidently had to unite people from different countries. Special attention is given to Calvin’s ecumenical activities. Information is given about his letters, pastoral advice and mediation efforts. Short notes are also provided on their dogmatic explications for the unity of the church.


Calvin; Church Unity; Ecclesiology; Holy Communion; Luther


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