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´╗┐Title: John Calvin's Writings - Letter 16 Thomas Cranmer to Calvin.
Author: John Calvin
Language: English


Salutem Precatur.

As nothing tends more to separate the churches of God than heresies and
differences about the doctrines of religion, so nothing more effectually
unites them, and fortifies more powerfully the fold of Christ, than the
uncorrupted doctrine of the gospel, and union in received opinions. I
have often wished, and now wish, that those learned and pious men,
who excel others in erudition and judgment, would assemble in some
convenient place, where holding a mutual consultation, and comparing
their opinions, they might discuss all the heads of ecclesiastical
doctrine, and agree not only concerning the things themselves, but the
forms of expression, and deliver to posterity some work, with the weight
of their authority. Our adversaries are now holding their council at
Trent, that they may establish their errors. And shall we neglect to call
together a pious synod, that we may be able to refute their errors, and to
purify and propagate the true doctrines? They, as I hear, are making
decrees [peri thv ], about the worship of the bread. We ought therefore to make every effort, not
only to fortify others against this idolatry, but that we also ourselves might agree on the doctrine
of this sacrament. How much the dissensions and variety of opinions, about this sacrament of
union, weaken the church of God, cannot escape your prudence. Although these differences may,
in some places, be removed, yet I wish an agreement in this doctrine, not only about the things
themselves, but also about the words and forms of expression. You have my ardent wishes,
concerning which I have written to Melancthon and Bullinger, and I beg you to deliberate among
yourselves, in what manner this synod can most conveniently be assembled. Farewell, Your most
beloved brother in Christ,

THOMAS, of Canterbury.

Lambeth, March 20, 1552.



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