I believe it was you, Katherine, a multitude of posts ago, who asked about Church History books which assert that there was variety within the Body of Christ in early days, and I promised to look out some titles. Could I suggestkatherineofdixie said:I believe there was variety in the early church.
But the argument holds no water. The church at that time was undivided.
David, when you get a chance, could you please explain these two apparently (or at least somewhat) contradictory statements of yours?
- F F Bruce "Men and Movements in the primitive Chruch"
- Hans Küng "Christianity"
- J G D Dunn "Unity and Diversity in the New Testament"
The first is an Evangelical, the second Catholic, the third I don't know what he is, but I believe he is a much-quoted and respected academic theologian. But the point is, that every book I read seems to me to give this impression.
In re the two contradictory statements, I see no contradiction between variety and unity. I just don't see them as contradictory.
In response to others who say I have not addressed their questions, I'm sorry: the huge volume of posts has overwhelmed me. I work full-time for the Mission, have a wife, daughter and grandson in Wrexham, preach most Sundays, and have other leisure activities than posting on the forum. I can't keep up with the deluge of posts this time. And tomorrow I am away to Devon to preach to the Methodists on Sunday, then hold other Mission for meetings in the South, and shall perforce fall silent for that reason. You may never get the answers you seek. I hope you won't liken me to the biblical waterless cloud. By the time I get back, everything will have moved on.