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Influence of the Doctrines of Reformation to Christianity Today.

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2011 -1 UNDERSTANDING OF church’s history |
Influence of Theologies in the Reformation to Laity’s Mission Today |
Focused on Martin Luther and John Calvin’s Theology |
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Soobin Courtney CHUNG |
2011-06-14 |

Handong Global University, School of LAW |

Influence of Theologies in the Reformation to Laity’s Mission Today
  * Focused on Martin Luther and John Calvin’s Theology

Ⅰ. Preface
The Reformation brought a substantial change to missionary in the church history. So I believe it is imperatively necessary to examine today’s world missionary through the reformers theology for the effective performance of world missionary. According to K. S. Latourette, a historian of Christianity, in the time of the Reformation, biblical missionary grew back under a slogan “Back to the Early Christianity!” whereas the Middle Ages distorted the missionary-one of the best of these distorting is, crusade- and was against the real meaning of missionary of the Early Christianity.
Latourett called the Middle Ages ‘The Thousand Years of Uncertainty’ because of it’s regression of missionary of the Early Christianity and called the time of Reformation ‘Three Century of Advance’. Also Stephen Neill, the historian of Christian Mission, called the Middle Ages ‘The Dark Age’.
So I research the development of concept ‘laity mission’ in the time of Reformation and theologies of the Reformers. It will help to understand rightly what laity mission is and where today’s laity mission to go.
Ⅱ. Previous studies
Martin Luther the Reformer argued “There is no true, basis difference between laymen and priest, between princes and bishops, between religious and secular” Luther’s conception of the Church, especially in his career, militant writings, was a frontal attack on the hierarchical conception of the Church. The idea of the clergy as such was rejected. In principle the distinction of Clergy and laity fell away. He continually fought for the biblical relationship between...

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