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Die verskynsel van die eenheid-verskeidenheid van die kerk: In gesprek met Calvyn

A. Botma, J. H. Koekemoer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 53, No 1/2 | a1628 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v53i1/2.1628 | © 1997 A. Botma, J. H. Koekemoer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 December 1997 | Published: 13 December 1997

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A. Botma, Departement Dogmatiek-en Christelike Etiek (Afd A) Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa
J. H. Koekemoer, Departement Dogmatiek-en Christelike Etiek (Afd A) Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The phenomenon of the unity-diversity of the church: A conversation with Calvin This article engages' in a critical dialogue with Calvin's conception of the unity-diversity of the church. Calvin, by understanding faith as the believer's personal relationship with God, stresses the dynamic character of the church. Concerning unity and diversity, Calvin held the view that there is only one Christ. Calvin distinguished between fundamental and secondary truths. In Calvin's view the redemption in Christ is reported monotonously in the New Testament. Contrary to Calvin the article shows that there are diverse interpretations of the Jesus-'Sache' in' the New Testament itself. However, in appreciation of Calvin, it is argued that he - because of the dynamic structure of the church - did not insist on one visible form of organisation for the church.

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