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Radical Ecumenism

“A theological conception of unity is radical precisely in that it is out of our control.  It unsettles us and takes us uncomfortably beyond ours desires for mastery, possession, and ownership. … For conservatives, ecumenism is an instrumental and strategic task of bringing the other to our side; for liberals, ecumenism is an expression of the giveneness of a unity that is merely misunderstood, such that the work of unity is an exercise in developing better lines of communication; for the radical, unity is an unwarranted and often unwelcome gift that defies and interrupts our sentimental and self-legitimating strategies of closure and reduction.”

–Chris K. Huebner, A Precarious Peace: Yoderian Explorations on Theology, Knowledge, and Identity (Scottdale: Herald Press, 2006), 79-80.

One Comment

  1. freder1ck wrote:

    radical ecumenism is the humble recognition of truth wherever it may be found

    Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

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