The Fragmentation of the Church and Its Unity in Peacemaking

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Jeffrey Gros, John D. Rempel
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001 - Political Science - 230 pages
The Gospel Places Peacemaking at the center of Christian identity. Over the centuries, however, churches have divided over the role and place of the peacemaking imperative in their lives and teachings. This volume offers deep ecumenical discussion of the relationship of the church to its peacemaking mission from the standpoints of history and the contemporary context. Contributors representing ten major faith traditions -- Lois Y. Barrett, Alexander Brunett, Murray W. Dempster, Donald F. Durnbaugh, John H. Erickson, Eric W. Gritsch, Jeffrey Gros, Paul Meyendorff, Lauree Hersch Meyer, Thomas H. Olbricht, Thomas D. Paxson Jr., James F. Puglisi, John D. Rempel, Alan P. F. Sell, and Glen H. Stassen -- address this crucial topic from the perspective of their own churches and explore paths that could lead to the reconciliation of existing differences.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Lutheran Perspective
16
A Mennonite Perspective
34
An Orthodox Peace Witness?
48
The Brethren Peace Witness in Ecumenical Perspective
59
Catholic Commitments to Peace Unity and Dialogue
87
The Peace Testimony of the Religious Society of Friends
103
Some Reformed Approaches to the Peace Question
119
The Case of the Assemblies of God
137
A Mennonite Perspective
166
Baptists as Peacemakers
184
The Peace Heritage of the Churches of Christ
196
A Report
220
Contributors
228
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Jeffrey Gros, FSC (1938-2013) was distinguished professor of ecumenical and historical theology at Memphis Theological Seminary.

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