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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Calvin and Bullinger: the Later Reformed Church

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​It strikes me that the externality that is characteristic of "Protestantism" managed to highlight personal animosities so that men like Bucer and Bullinger not only had personal hostilities but also created churches/denominations that did. Within the Catholic Church there surely were personal animosities but they did not manage to create hostile separated churches and even if some of the church's monastic orders managed to be contentious they were nonetheless compelled to admit and observe unity in dogma. That external "reformation" is still present today and I do not doubt that it plays a significant role in the creation of new denominations and new independent congregations.

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