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Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic LearningExploring a Way for Contemporary Ecumenism$
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Paul Murray

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.001.0001

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Receptive Ecumenism and the Hermeneutics of Catholic Learning—The Promise of Comparative Ecclesiology 1

Receptive Ecumenism and the Hermeneutics of Catholic Learning—The Promise of Comparative Ecclesiology 1

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Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning
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Gerard Mannion

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.003.0034

This chapter utilizes the methodology of comparative ecclesiology towards the end of eliciting further the enormous potential of the proposed strategy of Receptive Ecumenism. It identifies postmodern ecclesial polemics as a major obstacle to such dialogue and openness flourishing today. It explores ways in which such polemics might be transcended with a view to developing a ‘wider’ or ‘macro-’ ecumenism. It goes on to suggest that the fledgling sub-discipline of comparative ecclesiology offers the most promising starting-point for churches wishing to embrace dialogue, openness, and pluralism, as opposed to retreating inwards. Here the work of Roger Haight looms large. Finally, the chapter offers some reflections on how exactly the church might and should be a hermeneutical community.

Keywords:   comparative ecclesiology, ecumenical learning, Roger Haight, hermeneutical community

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