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In the Greek, "catholic" means according to the whole. In other words, the entire church. In our time, Catholic has come to mean specifically the Christian church aligned under the Pope in Rome. Therefore, for Lutherans, and other creedal Christians, "Catholic" doesn't necessarily carry the same force as the words in the original creed. What is it, then, ...


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The only reference I could find to the expression "the holy Christian Church" was this: Lutherans following the Lutheran Service Book, like Roman Catholics, use the Apostles' Creed during the Sacrament of Baptism: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth? Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord, who was ...


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