Term describes hist. theory of G. Calixtus,* who held that till 500 the ch. was marked by unity and doctrinal purity. He argued that the only proper basis for ch. union in his day was the unanimous belief of the first 5 cents. Term was popular among some Latitudinarians* and is used occasionally to describe one possible basis of future reunion of the ch. See also Vincent of Lèrins.
G. Calixtus, De veritate unicae religionis Christianae et autoritate antiquitatis ecclesiasticae dissertationes (Helmstedt, 1658); O. Ritschl, Dogmengeschichte des Protestantismus, IV (Göttingen, 1927), 400423; H. Sasse, 'The Future Reunited Church' and 'The Ancient Undivided Church,' The Springfielder, XXVII, 2 (Summer 1963), 821. HTM
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