There can be few issues in the Christian Church, which have provoked as much strife as the need to preserve the unity of the church. Why then venture into print? The Bible attaches far more importance to unity than the church has often acknowledged. Paul uses the strongest language when he says to a disunited church in Ephesus 'spare no effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace' (Eph 4:3 - author's translation). If truth be told, Christians have spared themselves a great deal of effort in this particular area of their faith.