Paths to Unity: Explorations in Ecumenical Method

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Paul D. L. Avis
Church House Publishing, 2004 - Christian union - 152 pages
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At a time of uncertainty in the quest for Christian unity, this book takes a critical look at the goals, motives and methods of ecumenical dialogue. Key Anglican ecumenists probe such issues as: Do we need to rethink ecumenical theology? Why is it important for unity to be visible? How should we use the Bible in theological dialogue? What are the implications of taking the diversity of traditions more seriously? How do unity and mission connect? Why are bishops important to Church unity? Members of the Church of England's Faith and Order Advisory Group re-appraise ecumenical dialogue, identify key challenges and chart a course for the future.
 

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Contents

the place
13
the Liberal
29
chapter four the use of the Bible
52
chapter five according to the Scriptures
75
chapter six rethinking ecumenical theology
91
chapter seven seeking the one holy catholic
107
notes
129
index of biblical references
145
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About the author (2004)

Paul Avis has served as the General Secretary of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity and has been involved in numerous theological dialogues and conversations, both in the UK and internationally. He is now Theological Consultant to the Anglican Communion Office, London, supporting various international commissions. He is also convening editor of the journal Ecclesiology.

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