In this week’s ecclesiology seminar, we will discuss patristic ecclesiology. The patristic writers (especially Cyprian and Augustine) focused on the unity of the church. They believed that this unity was real, not ideal. This reading raised several questions for me:
- Is the unity of the church real, or is it an ideal that we can only know in eternity?
- If the unity of the church is real, how do we live in the unity of the church today?
- What reasons does the Bible give for separating (breaking unity) with other believers?