Visible and invisible

Posted on February 6, 2019 
Filed under Theology

“The distinction between the Church visible and invisible was coined by Luther and Zwingli in the sixteenth century, and was much used by all the Reformers, our own included.

The wording of Article XIX (“The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men…”) implies this distinction, and it was in fact basic to all Anglican thinking about the church for more than a century after the Reformation. …“

The Australian Church Record has republished this 1962 article by Dr. J. I. Packer.