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Ecumenical Theology
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[German Version]

In essence, any theology is ecumenical in that the Christian truth is addressed to all. Ecumenical theology in a narrower sense deals with the division of Christianity into exclusive confessions (denominations) and reflects possibilities for overcoming the various divisions with the objective of one fellowship among the Christian churches.

Ecumenical theology developed out of the controversial theology that defended the claim to be the church of Jesus Christ against competing claims, refuting them (polemics) or declaring existing diffe…

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Neuner, Peter, “Ecumenical Theology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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