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Reunion: Lambeth speaks

14 August 2020

August 13th, 1920.

ON SATURDAY the full Report and the Resolutions of the Lambeth Conference, together with the Encyclical Letter will be available to the public. But the chief matter of its conclusions is contained in the appeal, printed elsewhere, to all Christian people throughout the world concerning the reunion of Christendom. It is addressed no less to Rome and the East than to the separated bodies in English-speaking countries, and, what is most surprising, it comes with virtual unanimity from the whole body of above 250 bishops. . . .

[In a long leading article, the Church Times observed with approval:] It does not suggest the possibility of a reunion built on friendliness and fraternity alone. The Church, it recognizes, must hold one faith, and there can be no visible unity without its whole-hearted acceptance. This faith, it says, involves belief in the Holy Scriptures as the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man, the Nicene Creed,the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, together with “a ministry acknowledged by every part of the Church”. The idea of the Church as simply a body for philanthropic work, ready to admit everyone of good-will who is ready to join in the work, is excluded. It is made quite clear that the Church is a religious society with a creed and a body of dogmatic theology. There must be a minimum of belief. And it will be noticed that the appeal definitely uses the words “a whole-hearted acceptance”. . .

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