A History of the Desire for Christian Unity Online

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A History of the Desire for Christian Unity. Ecumenism in the Churches (19th–21st Century) is a multi-volume reference work on the history of ecumenism. The ecumenical movement is understood as a twentieth-century movement of European origin with a global reach. This reference work is a reconstruction of the arc of time in which the Christian churches transitioned from a position of hostility to one of dialogue, and from separation to forms of communion. Scholars across the continents and disciplines explore a history of individuals and groups, generations and assemblies, documents and programs, theologies and practices, all firmly placed within the framework of a desire for unity.

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1. From Division to the Search for Unity: Difficulties and Horizons in a History Still Underway

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Author(s): Zizioulas, John D.
In: Volume 1 Dawn of Ecumenism | Part I. Preamble: Long Term Issues previous chapter 1 Communion and Otherness: The Knots in an Ancient Problem Any attempt to address the question of church unity in a theologically rigorous way leads to a discussion of the relationship between unity and diversity within the church itself. A glance at ecclesiastical history would be enough to show how crucial this has been in the course of the centuries. During the apostolic period, the issue dominated the debate on the acceptance of Gen…