Reformed identity : a non-issue of catholic significance

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Alan P. F. Sell

Abstract

Our identity as Christians is God's gift in Christ. Those who are united as branches to the stem of the vine (John 15), those who "abide in [Christ]" (John 15), those who enjoy new life "in Christ" (2 Cor. 5: 17) are necessarily related to one another. In the words of Calvin: "That joining together of Head and members, that indwelling of Christ in our hearts—in short, that mystical union—are accorded by us the highest degree of importance, so that Christ, having been made ours, makes us sharers with him in the gifts with which he has been endowed."

My teasing title is intended to suggest that the question of Reformed identity should be, if not low down on the agenda of the Reformed, at least viewed in the light of Reformed catholicity. I call a selection of witnesses: some from the early years of global, structured Reformed life, some from more recent times.

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Church -- Catholicity; Reformed Church; World Alliance of Reformed Churches (Presbyterian and Congregational)
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