The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been Impoverished by Its Friends

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The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been Impoverished by Its Friends


Taylor, David W. A., Interpretation


The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been Impoverished by Its Friends by Michael Kinnamon Chalice, St. Louis, 2003. 183 pp. $29.99. ISBN 0-8272-4006-6.

THIS BOOK IS A PERSONAL assessment of the ecumenical movement today, undertaken by one whose own life and ministry have been deeply invested in the movement: Michael Kinnamon. He finds that all is not well in the ecumenical movement today, whether viewed in local or in global perspective. That state of affairs, he argues, is not the result of opposition on the part of the movement's detractors, but reflects instead a growing impoverishment of the ecumenical vision on the part of its friends. While in the mid-twentieth century it was possible to speak of the ecumenical movement as "the great new fact of our time," the ecumenical vision today suffers more from neglect than from opposition.

The heart of this book, therefore, is a description and theological analysis of eight constitutive elements that together express the vision that has guided the ecumenical movement in its formative period. …

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