Christian Ecumenism

Christian Ecumenism - Miller 1 Brian Miller 19 December...

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Brian Miller 19 December 2007 RLST-10600 Professor Solovieva Christian Ecumenism Ecumenism (e-kyü-m -ni-z m) is a term that encompasses initiatives with the ə ə goal of a greater sense of religious unity and cooperation. From a conservative viewpoint, ecumenism refers specifically to greater cooperation between different groups and denominations of Christianity. The idea of unity is also harbored by many believers of ecumenism. Some believe that there should be only one single Christian church. Even more broad views of ecumenism exist which have the goal of worldwide religious unity and a greater shared spirituality across all Abrahamic religions (specifically Christianity, Judaism and Islam). As it is the most common view, this paper will focus more on the ideas of greater cooperation between Christian denominations and sects than the goals of worldwide religious unity. Most important in Christian ecumenism is that people focus primarily on Christ, not on separate church organizations. Christians who see the risen Christ at work in the lives of various Christians and in diverse churches, realize that the unity of Christ’s church has never been lost but has instead been distorted and obscured by different historical experiences and by spiritual myopia. Both are overcome in renewed faith in Christ. (Schlink) Miller 1
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It is important to recognize the distinct differences between Christian ecumenism and religious pluralism (or interfaith pluralism ) though pluralism is often incorrectly used as a synonym for ecumenism. Interfaith pluralism is an idea concerned with bringing about better relations between different faiths worldwide, while ecumenism refers more specifically to the bringing about of a greater cooperation, mutual respect and toleration between different denominations of Christianity. Some of the oldest forms of religious pluralism date back as far as 2500 B.C.E. in India while forms of Christian ecumenism all
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course RLST 101 taught by Professor Olgasolovieva during the Spring '07 term at Ithaca College.

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