What Makes the Church One?

Stuart has a post about the unity of Rome and the East, which I shared on Facebook. NT commented about the last stanza of the Creed –

In one holy catholic and apostolic Church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. (Creed of 381)

The Apostles’ Creed ends like this,

I believe in …. the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints,

What united the Church? Is it the head of an organization? The Creed? Or is in the One Faith which predated these things? Is ther anything that unites Christians?

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

One thought on “What Makes the Church One?”

  1. I still boil it down to the first Creed: Jesus is Lord. Creeds and theology got more complicated as folk tried to explain exactly how that works, and of course the more detail you have, the greater the chance of disagreement. However, I reckon that is still the bottom line. On that basis, I will share communion with Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Monophysite, the lot! (Pity they won’t share it with me…)

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