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I. Dogmatics – II. Ethics – III. Practical Theology

I. Dogmatics

1. The Catholic Understanding

The term “ecumene,” from the present passive participle of the Greek verb οἰκεῖν/oikeín, “to dwell,” originally denoted the inhabited earth. The use of the term in Scripture is ambiguous: the OT (apolitically) in the sense of “world,” the NT, in addition to that, of the “earth” as the “field” of the church's work (e.g. Matt 24:14), but also as humanity thr…

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Kleinschwärzer-Meister, Birgitta, Ivanov, Vladimir, Schwöbel, Christoph and Baier, Klaus A., “Ecumene”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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