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Chapter 2 A fresh theological vision of ecumenism
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A fresh theological vision of ecumenism
In the first chapter of this book we explored the meaning of Orthodoxy beyond the accepted image of the Orthodox Church as the one true Church of the apostolic times, and we discovered a vision of Orthodoxy that is not merely a set of inherited doctrines, but rather the way of life in Christ and the fullness of truth which inexorably seeks to make itself known to the world. The Orthodox have kept alive a spirit of dynamism and action, a vision of Tradition as a dynamic process of continuity and renewal in the Holy Spirit.
This second chapter will tackle the modern-history phenomenon of the ecumenical movement with a view to exploring its origins, course and inner dynamics, thus enabling a parallel examination of Orthodoxy and ecumenism, and, it is hoped, a better understanding of the tension between the two realities. The theological interaction between Orthodoxy and ecumenism will be the central focus of the third chapter of this study.
The syntagm ‘modern ecumenical movement’ will be used throughout this chapter to differentiate from the more general understanding of ecumenism as a continuous aspiration and activity of the Church, its origins going back to the time of Christ, the Apostles and the early Church. Although this study will refer back to the core of the Christian faith in its biblical expression and through the understanding of the tradition of the...
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