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“Remember You Are Catholic”

It is no secret that the Reformed tradition can take shape in forms that are deeply sectarian, provincial, and polemical. But if we were to diagnose the cause of such instantiations of Reformed faith, I think we would find one common cause: memory loss. In particular, such sectarian versions of Reformed identity tend to see themselves as relatively new inventions, or new recoveries of the "true" faith. The most polemical and schismatic permutations of Reformed faith and practice thus tend…
James K.A. Smith
November 16, 2004