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Reunion

The theological premise upon which any concept of reunion is founded is that the visible church of God on earth is properly, or at its best, or archetypally, a single entity-a body, or an organism. The concept will be opaque wherever Christians hold either that the only proper unity of the church is invisible (and eschatological) and thus indivisible, or that the given oneness of the visible church (e.g., in and by baptism) is totally indivisible. On either of these views the church is a union which cannot be broken and thus does not admit of reuniting. The former view is characteristic of classical independency or Brethrenism, the latter of twentieth- century ecumenists rationalizing their failures.