The Church as our mother: New perspectives on apostolic succession

Authors

  • A Van De Beek

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/ngtt.2004.v45n3.a19

Keywords:

apostolic succession, the true church

Abstract

Calvin uses the metaphor of a mother when speaking of the church. This article discusses its meaning, Calvin’s relation with Cyprian (who first introduced the metaphor), and its relevance for contemporary ecclesiology. The concept turns out to be very much related to office as one of the guarantees for the true church. It also prevents us from separating ourselves from the church and disdaining it, even if it is fallible.

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Published

2004-12-31

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Articles • Artikels