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The Theology of St. Cyprian of Carthage: The Unity of the Church and the Role of the Bishop

Damian, Theodor

The problem of the unity of the Church was a main preoccupation for its theologians especially in times when the Church passed through difficult crises threatening its very existence with annihilation, distortion, or corruption. This was the case in the time of Cyprian when the Church had to face heresies, schisms, and persecutions that threatened both the being and the visible unity of the Christian community. That is why, according to the specific circumstances in which he wrote, Cyprian had his own approach to the problem of the unity of the Church, which proves the validity of one important principle in the life of this institution, enduring throughout the whole of Church history and through all generations: unitas in diversitas, its character of unity in diversity.

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Published In
Power and Authority in the Eastern Christian Experience: Papers of the Sophia Institute Academic Conference, New York, December 2010
Pages
91 - 102
Publisher
Theotokos Press
Publication Origin
New York
Series
Sophia Institute Studies in Orthodox Theology, 3
Academic Units
Sophia Institute
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