Assessing Actions and Outcomes in Contemporary Central-Eastern Europe
Edited By Jacek Kurczewski
Young People of Cieszyn Silesia in Interfaith Dialogue
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Contemporary society’s religious and ideological diversification and persistent tendency towards further sectarian splits and faith-based conflicts call for initiatives that lead to the reconciliating of antagonistic positions and also search for unification-orientated platforms and schemes modelled after Jesus’ words “that all of them may be one” (John 17.21 NIV).
This unity-orientated approach has never been an easy task among early Christian churches. It is made even more difficult in today’s postmodern society, which is embedded with diversity and fragmentation. Generally speaking, it may seem that unification is impossible to achieve. But, if one were to look at today’s Christian churches specifically, one would see that there may be some chance of accepting the concepts of unity in diversity and diversity in unity. Although in the past these concepts first appeared among Protestant churches, nowadays people actively work to discover unity through diversity within the diverse array of Christian church denominations such as Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox, and Protestant.
Today’s ecumenism (seen as the task of unifying the faithful) is not understood as the work that brings all the faithful people under the authority of the one and only established mother church, that is the Roman Catholic Church. Rather, the Second Vatican Council defines ecumenical initiatives as work that encourages all the faithful people to return to Jesus Christ, who is at the centre of today’s type of ecumenism. Walter Kasper, who is a German cardinal responsible for promoting Christian unity, puts Christ at the centre of...
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