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Rechtvaardiging en recht in de kerk: Over de theologische achtergronden van het gereformeerde kerkrecht

W. van ’t Spijker
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 48, No 3/4 | a2465 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v48i3/4.2465 | © 1992 W. van ’t Spijker | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 January 1992 | Published: 10 January 1992

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W. van ’t Spijker, Theologische Universiteit der Chr Geref Kerken in Nederland, Netherlands

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Abstract

Justification and law in the church: The theological background of reformed church law
In reformed church law there is a connection between ecclesiastical structure (disciplina) and ecclesiastical doctrine (doctrina). Luther’s doctrine of justification disrupted the hierarchical structure of the church. For him, whose conception of the church started from the principle of the unique priesthood of Christ, church law was ius divinum. The Calvinists paid more attention to the church and her organisation than Luther did. Because they related the church order to the ordo salutis, the church came to serve the true doctrine, which is her primary characteristic.

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