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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Publication details for Professor Alec Ryrie

Ryrie, Alec (2009). Calvin and Ecumenism. One in Christ 43(2): 25-34.

Author(s) from Durham


John Calvin has a justified reputation as an aggressive, divisive
theologian, but in his own terms he was an ecumenist, doing more than
anyone else to forge Reformed Protestantism into a single body (against
Rome). This article considers some of the theological priorities around
which he built that unity, but which appear unattractive to most modern
Christians: in particular his views on predestination, idolatry and
discipline. It suggests some of the reasons why these doctrines and
practices might once have seemed compelling and asks what the modern
Churches might have to learn from them.