|Essays on Faith and Culture|
Over the last few years, the challenges within Orthodoxy about ecumenical dialogue, participation in the World Council of Churches and the various bilateral dialogues have made headlines in ecclesiastical circles. This phenomenon is surprising, because the Orthodox Church has been at the forefront of the Ecumenical Movement of the twentieth century. The Ecumenical Patriarchate” “letter to the Churches of Christ Everywhere‚” in 1920 inaugurated the modern effort for rapprochement among the various Christian communions. His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and his successors Dimitrios and Bartholomew follow a long tradition of dialogue.
The papers presented in this volume predate the headlines by just a few years. They reflect some of the issues that were causing consternation initially among Orthodox involved in ecumenical dialogue. The authors are some of the leading thinkers in ecumenical circles of the day. Their insights into issues are based in years of study and experience. Thus, they are presented here as a “snapshot‚” of Orthodox thinking in this period (1991 - 1993), as a record of the times, and to further dialogue among the Churches.
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