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Ecumenism Today

The Universal Church in the 21st Century, 1st Edition

By Christopher Asprey

Edited by Francesca Aran Murphy


238 pages

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What is Ecumenism? Is Christian unity a legitimate hope or just a pious illusion? The aim of this book is to analyze the real obstacles that stand in the path to unity and to propose solutions, where these are possible. Distinguished authors from the main Christian denominations offer a unique insight into the problem of Christian divisions and the relationships between Christian communities. This work is not a politically correct exercise in diplomacy; rather, it informs the reader about the actual state of the ecumenical dialogue.


’A volume worth looking at for those who wish to keep a finger on the pulse of ecumenical debate.’ Theological Book Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: the universal church and the ecumenical movement, Christopher Asprey; Part I Theological Ecumenism: Stumbling upon Peter? The question of the Church in contemporary ecumenical dialogue, Philip G. Ziegler; Ut unum sint: some cross-bench Anglican reflections, John B. Webster; De Lubac, Ratzinger and von Balthasar: a communal adventure in ecclesiology, Francesca Aran Murphy; Watch and pray: a reflection on the meaning of Ut, Susan Frank Parsons. Part II Ecumenical Theology: Section 1 Unity and Schism: The myth of schism, David Bentley Hart; The basis of Christian unity, Donald McLeod; Section 2 Authority: The ecumenical meaning of the Petrine ministry, Charles Morerod OP; A communion of love and the primacy of Peter: reflections from the Armenian church, Vigen Guroian; A reformed Papacy: the treatment of Papal primacy in the Worms Book (1540), Nicholas J. Thompson; Section 3 Eucharist: All change: eucharist is key, Peter Donald; Ecclesiastical communion: in dialogue with Calvinism, Eric Puosi. Epilogue: Persecution and Theological Ecumenism: United we stand, divided we fall: is persecution against Christians breaking down the walls between churches?, John Pontifex; Persecution and ecumenism, Robin Gibbons; Index of names.

About the Author/Editor

Francesca Aran Murphy is a Reader in Systematic Theology in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, UK. Christopher Asprey is based in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Theology