A Theologian for Europe between Ecumenism and Federalism
Edited By Filippo Maria Giordano and Stefano Dell'Acqua
The directors of the WWC were strongly committed to federalism, partly because of the political traditions of the states from which their member churches originated (Switzerland; Great Britain and its Commonwealth; the United States), and partly because of their conviction that a simple confederation of states, based on the model of the League of Nations, would be completely incapable of containing national ambitions. In spring 1944, Visser ’t Hooft welcomed into his Geneva home the representatives of the European Resistance, who, under the leadership of Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi, signed the International Federalist Declaration of the Resistance Movements. These historic transnational encounters, aimed not only at coordinating military action or seeking diplomatic contacts but at exploring ways to «build» peace and re-establish the future of the Continent on new foundations, marked a profound break with the past.
“Die Welt war meine Gemeinde”
Philosophical-(Cosmo)political Remarks in Relation to Willem Adolph Visser ’t Hooft’s Thought and Works
“The whole world is within us.”Lao Tzu
Some introductory reflections should inevitably be made which are neither historico-political, nor biographical, nor doctrinal1, but rather philosophico-political and, albeit I state this with some hesitance, even theological. This expression of reticence, however slight, stems from the fact that these theological profiles of interpretation have already been addressed by people who are far more experienced than myself, profiles which are inherent in the heart and raison d’être of our focus on Willem Adolph Visser ’t Hooft’s life and thought.
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