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Is Church unity possible?

February 5, 2011
James F. Drane

Immediately after Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Church door in Wittenberg, discussions of his theological statements began to take place at different locations. Luther himself, however, was unable to participate in many of these discussions because he had been placed under a ban and was unable to travel. Too bad. Reconciliation might have resulted from his participation in these dialogues. The wars and killings which followed might have been avoided. The reform movement could have continued within the Church without moving into community splitting and violent confrontations. Now, as we approach the 500th anniversary of the tragic fragmentation of the Church which was meant to be a loving world community, it seems an appropriate time to re-think the whole affair.

 
 

 

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