Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Academic journal focuses on religious issues and cross-cultural understanding.

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 4, Fall

A Brief Response to Aimee Upjohn Light
Aimee Upjohn Light's article, "Harris, Hick, and the Demise of the Pluralist Hypothesis," (1) needs to be corrected in its misunderstanding of religious pluralism. The terra "pluralism" means different things to different people, but Light speaks particularly...
A Habermasian Approach to Ecumenical Ecclesiology
Introduction The subtitle of the recent Faith and Order statement on ecclesiology invites churches to move into a "stage on the way to a common statement." (1) Choosing to frame the report as a "stage on the way" rather than as a consensus statement...
An Ecumenical Comparison of Niemoller's Maundy Thursday Sermon, 1945, and Rahner's Holy Thursday Homily, 1976
Introduction While there is no evidence that the two men ever met, Pastor Martin Niemoller (January 14, 1892-Match 5, 1984) and Father Karl Rahner, S.J. (March 5, 1904-March 30, 1984), shared much in common. Although they were born twelve years...
Dialogue or Appropriation?
Kenneth Rose, Professor of Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, in ah article in Hinduism Today addressed a crucial issue in Hindu-Christian dialogue. Referring specifically to the writings of Wayne Teasdale,...
Ecumenical Resources
INDIA Indian Journal of Theology (Serampore) A. Mohan, "The Growth of Contemporary Buddhism and Its Significance for Church's Mission." Vol. 47, Nos. 1-2 (2005), 107-117. The following articles appear in Vol. 48, Nos. 1-2 (2006): Ivy Singh,...
Enduring Covenant in the Christian Middle Ages
It has been some thirty-five years since Rosemary Radford Ruether published Faith and Fratricide: The Theological Roots of Anti-Semitism. (1) Her sweeping 1974 study covers an enormous chronological range, from pagan antiquity to the Holocaust, in...
Hans Frei's Typology of Christian Theology: A Comparative Look at the Islamic Tradition
Introduction Types of Christian Theology by Hans W. Frei (1922-88) (1) investigates the various attitudes of Western theologians and philosophers toward modern Protestant theology. (2) Frei chose variables by which he categorized the writings of...
Heinz Galinski: The Driving Force of the Postwar Jewish Community in Germany
I. Alive Again: The Jewish Community in Germany Led by Heinz Galinski Some 500,000 Jews lived in Germany prior to 1933, but in 1945 only about 15,000 German Jews remained, and shortly thereafter about half of this number decided to emigrate to the...
Rehearing Buber's Jesus Deepens Jewish-Christian Dialogue
When I have to deal with the ... faith of Jesus, it is incumbent upon me to hold to ... the one voice, recognizable ever anew, that speaks to my ear out of a series of undoubtedly genuine sayings. --Martin Buber, The Origin and Meaning of Hasidism...
The Qur'an-Gospel Resurrection Resolution
Introduction Despite popular misconceptions, the Qur'an and the Gospel writings (1) are clearly compatible on nearly all matters. Both express the Abrahamic ethic: a law of God framed on love of God and love of neighbor. (2) In fact, the only major...
Trinity and Religious Pluralism
This is hardly the first essay to address the topic of a Christian theology of religions from a trinitarian perspective. (1) Frequently, the adoption of a trinitarian purview yields a constitutive Christology whereby all salvation is ultimately constituted...
Wikipedia-Cities-Interreligious Dialogue
As I read Noam Cohen's New York Times Op Ed essay "Wikipedia: Exploring Fact City" (March 29, 2009), based on Andrew Lih's new book The Wikipedia Revolution about Wikipedia, comparing it to cities, I felt a bit like Yogi Berra's alleged "deja vu all...