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Ecumenism in Praxis

A Historical Critique of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church

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Joseph Daniel

The Malankara Mar Thoma Church’s ecumenical outlook – marked by twin facets of openness and autonomy – has been the underlying ethos guiding its history, helping it to establish a unique identity. The book retells the church’s ecumenical history dating back to its founding in 52 CE. This study throws ample light on the period between the significant changes of 1889 and the present times. It deals with questions such as: How did the church start practising an ecumenical outlook even before the word ecumenism was coined? Could this have resulted from the church’s interaction with Indian culture that upholds unity in diversity?
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The Malankara Mar Thoma Church’s ecumenical outlook – marked by twin facets of openness and autonomy – has been the underlying ethos guiding its history, helping it to establish a unique identity. The book retells the church’s ecumenical history dating back to its founding in 52 CE. This study throws ample light on the period between the significant changes of 1889 and the present times. It deals with questions such as: How did the church start practising an ecumenical outlook even before the word ecumenism was coined? Could this have resulted from the church’s interaction with Indian culture that upholds unity in diversity?

“The Rev. Dr. Joseph Daniel explicitly places in this volume the outcome of his illuminating study on how India’s social and religious culture of openness and tolerance contributed to the metamorphosis of the Mar Thoma Church’s socio, religious and cultural milieu over the centuries. While tracing the historical roots of the ecumenical praxis of the ancient Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, the author reveals insights on the tradition and ethos of openness of the church and the vision of its leaders imbued with the spirit of the gospel values […]”

Dr. Mathews George ChunakaraDirector, International Affairs

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