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Chapter 5 A new Orthodox paradigm for approaching ecumenism
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A new Orthodox paradigm for approaching ecumenism
From what has been gathered so far, it may be said that the Orthodox are particularly susceptible to a reserved conservatism with regards to ecumenism, a stance which denies that the separation between large communities of Christians ever took place. The view is instead that the Orthodox were left by these groups which are essentially schismatic and heretical in nature. It also emphasizes that everything, including the original unity, has been preserved in the Orthodox Church. Since unity in Christ is unalterable, the responsibility and task of actively seeking reconciliation lies squarely with the non-Orthodox. A summary of the starting premises of this approach would include:
• The unity of the Church means a return to the original one catholic and apostolic Church.
• That ancient one catholic Church is the Orthodox Church.
• People who are no longer in the Orthodox Church have left that unity and the plenitude of truth, thus condemning themselves to be outside the Church and becoming forever responsible for their action.
• Orthodoxy as fullness of the Truth of Christ is to be found in the Orthodox Church, which has preserved and safeguarded the Right Faith since apostolic times.
• Ecumenism as a return to the original unaltered Truth of the original one Church, can only mean a return to the Orthodox Church.
• (Therefore) An active engagement on the part of...
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