Q & A: The Reformation

If you agree with the first possible answer, read the next question. If you agree with the second possible answer, click the link.

  • Are Christians called to unity? Yes or No
  • Do denominational splits violate this command? Yes or No
  • Is there a valid reason to violate God’s command to unity? Yes or No
  • Do you know what the given reason for the Reformation was? Yes or No
  • Was the given reason(s) of the Reformation a valid reason to violate God’s command to unity? Yes or No
  • Why?


That christians are called to unity is a widely-accepted premise. Verses such as Ephesians 4:4–6 and John 17:20-23 among others support this claim. What is often contended is what “unity” means, and to what extent we must be “one body.”

That Christians are not called to unity at all is a fringe Christian position, with no substantial defenses that I know of. Please inform me if I am missing something here.

That denominational splits do not violate the call to Christian unity is often defended by something like “We may disagree on the details, but we’re all still Christians, and agree on the essentials.” However, many Protestants do not consider Catholics to be Christians. Or Mormons. But both Catholics and Mormons consider themselves to be Christians. So the defense sort of begs the question by defining denominational splits that are okay to be okay, and splits that are bad to be bad. Tautologies are not interesting, so I maintain that until someone can generate a defense of the proposition that the splits between *all* denominations calling themselves “Christian” are not a violation of the call to Christian unity; these splits are in fact a violation.

Then there was no valid reason for the Reformers to split from the Catholic church, implying that all Reformers and their ideological descendants should return to their parent denomination.

Should you know the reason, if you are of a Reformation descended denomination? Yes or No

There were many given reasons for the split. However, a fundamental reason was the issue of authority. Reformers held to sola scriptura, or the belief that the Bible alone is the sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. Return to questions.

You are defending ignorance, which is a non-trivial burden of proof. People usually assume that ignorance is not good.


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