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Method in Ecumenical Theology: The Lessons So Far

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There is now a new phase in the search for unity in the Church. For thirty years pioneering conversations have put forward solutions to old disagreements and are beginning to build a new ecumenical theology. But when it comes to taking actual steps toward unity there is often a drawing-back from the final commitment. G. R. Evans examines the methodology of ecumenical theology and the way it is being taken into the lives of the churches. By making judicious use of interdenominational archival material and ...

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Overview

There is now a new phase in the search for unity in the Church. For thirty years pioneering conversations have put forward solutions to old disagreements and are beginning to build a new ecumenical theology. But when it comes to taking actual steps toward unity there is often a drawing-back from the final commitment. G. R. Evans examines the methodology of ecumenical theology and the way it is being taken into the lives of the churches. By making judicious use of interdenominational archival material and secondary literature, the author provides a timely resource for all those interested in recent ecumenical progress.

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"This scholarly study presents a very careful survey of the ecumenical dialogue and continuing encounter that has taken place among the different Christian churches in this century....very thorough and impressive scholarship. For anyone interested in understanding how 'to do theology together which is the distinguishing feature of ecumenical theology' and seeking to understand and overcome real fears, this book will be a substantial, valued, and encouraging guide." Choice

"...an important reminder and a valuable resource." Robert L. Kinast, Journal of Ecumenical Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521093958
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2009
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the 'winter of ecumenism'?; 1. What is ecumenical theology?; 2. Changing attitudes and stages in ecumenism; 3. Communication and dialogue; 4. Ecumenical language; 5. Historical method; 6. The process in close-up; 7. Ecumenical reception; Conclusion.

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