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Aquinas and Atheism  

Brian Davies

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This essay aims to explain what Aquinas does and does not mean when using the word ‘God’. It also tries to explain why Aquinas thinks it reasonable to conclude that God exists and how ... More

Armageddon in Christian, Sunni, and Shia Traditions  

Michael A. Sells

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which looks at the actual or alleged cases of apocalypticism within contemporary Iranian Shi'ite, Saudi Sunni, and American Christian circles, evaluates the issue of ... More

Asia  

Scott W. Sunquist

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Oct 2017
Asian ecumenism began as a pragmatic concern of Western mission agencies, but was catalysed under the pressure of Japanese imperialism early in the twentieth century. National ecumenical ... More

Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church  

Richard Swinburne

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2009
Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all claim that God has given humans a revelation. Divine revelation may be either of God, or by God of propositional truth. Traditionally Christianity has ... More

Baptism  

Susan K. Wood SCL

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Dec 2017
This chapter surveys commonalities and divergences with regard to the theology and practice of baptism that are reflected in the World Council of Churches convergence document on Baptism, ... More

Bilateral Dialogues  

Eva-Maria Faber

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Jun 2017
The chapter traces the history of bilateral dialogues and considers the experience and results of dialogue. It discusses the particular nature of bilateral dialogues in contrast with ... More

Britain and Ireland  

Paul Avis

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Sep 2017
This chapter begins by noting the contribution of British ecumenists to the ecumenical movement and then proceeds to survey the ecumenical scene in Britain and Ireland against the ... More

Charismatic Renewal  

Maranda Hassett

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Oct 2015
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Jul 2016
This chapter discusses charismatic renewal within Anglicanism. It begins with a brief description of charismatic Christian spirituality and its roots. The charismatic renewal movements of ... More

A Christian Perspective  

Charles Taliaferro

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Dec 2010
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Jan 2011
Traditional Christianity makes some radical claims about God and creation. The God of Christianity is not a god of some finite region who has limited power and knowledge but the ... More

Christology  

Ralph G. Del Colle

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May 2017
In espousing a communion ecclesiology in which members of the church participate in the life of the Trinity through the work of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, most ecumenical ... More

Church  

Adam DeVille

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Nov 2017
The chapter traces developments in ecclesiology through the twentieth century, as the ecumenical movement unfolded, and raises questions about the relationship between the church and the ... More

Consolidation and Challenge: 1990—Present  

Thomas F. Best

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Jul 2017
The ecumenical movement exists to make the unity of Christ’s church more visible and effective in the churches’ own lives, and in their common witness and service to the world. Since 1990 ... More

Covenants  

Gillian Kingston

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Nov 2017
This chapter explores the notion of covenant as an instrument which may facilitate closer and more binding relationships between or among churches wanting to commit to each other in a ... More

Dietary Law  

David M. Freidenreich

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This survey of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic dietary law finds no recognition within pre-modern sources of the biblical or familial affinities implied by the contemporary term Abrahamic. ... More

The Early Stages: Pre-1910  

Ola Tjørhom

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Apr 2017
The chapter gives an account of the roots of the modern ecumenical movement, of the latter’s social and ecclesial context, and of its first organizational manifestations leading up to the ... More

Ecology  

Kevin W. Irwin

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Oct 2017
The chapter surveys the statements and initiatives on ecology developed within and issued by the World Council of Churches, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Roman ... More

Eucharist  

Paul McPartlan

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Apr 2017
After noting convergences regarding the Eucharist between the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and the views of the 1963 Faith and Order conference, this chapter surveys a wide range ... More

Faith and Order  

Geoffrey Wainwright

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Apr 2017
Generically, ‘faith and order’ designates the contents of doctrinal belief and the patterns of social and governmental structure that mark the historically varied communities that claim ... More

Global Christian Forum  

Robert Gribben and Larry Miller

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Oct 2017
Among the trends of world Christianity is the growth of ‘new churches’, mostly evangelical or Pentecostal in character. Few of these have any real contact with historic Protestant ... More

In Search of a Way  

Paul D. Murray

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Nov 2017
This chapter explores ecumenical methodology. It is organized in six sections. The first reflects on ecumenism as a ‘method’, a ‘way’, variously understood, about which there is a ... More

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