Christian Unity and the Role of Authority

Written by I. Shawn McElhinney

 

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Introduction
I - The Necessity of Unity
II - The Scandal of Disunity
III - The 'Private Judgment' Accusation

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IV - The Rule of Faith (Part I)
V - The Rule of Faith (Part II)

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VI - Unwritten Tradition and its Reliability
VII - The Rule of Faith (Part III)
VIII - Ritual and Liturgy

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IX - Godís Relationship to His People
X - Development of Doctrine and Church Authority

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XI - The Ancient Rule of Faith and Schism
XII - Infallibility Part I (General Councils)

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XIII - Infallibility Part II (The Pope and Common Caricature)
XIV - Infallibility Part III (Definition of Terms)

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XV - The Development of Papal Primacy

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XVI - Infallibility Part IV (Papal Infallibility Explained)
Final Notes

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Appendix I - Development and the Ancient Guide to Detecting Error
By St. Vincent of Lerens (400-450 AD)
Appendix II - How an Atheist Pushed Me Towards Catholicism
By Greg Krehbiel
Appendix III - The Church as a Universal Society
By Vladimir Soloviev (1853-1900)
 
 

Dedicated to Susan (Stein) Smith from whom I learned firsthand --and in an integral manner beyond ivory tower theory -- the true scandal that is the disunity amongst Christians. (And how it tears at the very heart of Christendom.)