Studies in Philippine Church History

Studies in Philippine Church History

Studies in Philippine Church History

Studies in Philippine Church History

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The primary purpose of this volume is to provide students of Philippine church history with a convenient collection of scholarly studies dealing with various episodes, movements, events, documents, and personalities of importance during the period of more than four hundred years of Christianity in the Philippines. It is hoped that these essays will encourage and assist scholars to carry on further research and writing in this field, so that eventually a major account of the history of Christianity in the islands can be written. Hopefully, also, this work may stimulate and contribute to a greater interest and understanding among Christians in other parts of the world concerning the progress and problems of the church in the Philippines.

The ecumenical nature of this project represents a truly pioneering effort. Never before in the Philippines has a study in one of the theological disciplines enlisted such wide participation from the several Christian traditions. There are contributions here from a notable cross section of Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant scholars, both lay and clergy. They do not always agree (neither do those from the same tradition!), but their writing does reflect a remarkably irenic spirit in their common desire to bring some light to bear on the dark corners of the church's history in the Philippines. In many ways the ecumenical situation here is particularly difficult, for reasons that are discussed in these essays. But the very fact that we can now study together the historical circumstances and theological significance of our situation with charity and candor is a sign that the ecumenical era has arrived--at last--and has been embraced with some seriousness by responsible representatives from many sides. This commendable fact calls for thanksgiving and firm resolve to go forward together from this modest beginning.

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