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Introduction. Premises for a History of the Desire for Christian Unity

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Author(s): Melloni, Alberto
1 Foreword The experience of Christianity does not and cannot claim to be immune to history. It cannot because it has inherited from Israel the principle of the narratability of its past (what the biblical Greek calls λόγος),1 and that instance of the intelligibility of its unfolding in time has even entered the New Testament canon (Luke’s διήγησις).2 It cannot do so moreover because, in the encounter with the cultures of the peoples in which the claim for the universality of the gospel of Jesus and the gospel about Jesus was honed, that link between …