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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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13. Scholarship and Unity in the 19th and 20th Century: Johann Adam Möhler and Adolf von Harnack Compared

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Author(s): Fédou, Michel
In: Volume 1 Dawn of Ecumenism | Part II. Prehistory: The Challenges of Modernity previous chapter 1 Introduction It may seem surprising to bring the figures of Johann Adam Möhler and Adolf von Harnack together in the same chapter. The question is not that they lived in different eras, although Möhler lived in the first half of the 19th century and von Harnack in the second half of the 19th century and the first decades of the following one. Nor is it the difference in their ecclesial affiliation (a difference in…