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A Methodist Perspective on Catholic Learning

David M. Chapman

in Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216451
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191712173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.003.0012
A Methodist Perspective on Catholic Learning

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This chapter affirms Pope John Paul II's description of ecumenical dialogue as involving ‘an exchange of gifts’ in order to identify a number of characteristic ecclesial endowments present in Methodism which Catholics might fruitfully receive in the process of Receptive Ecumenism. Methodism claims no special gifts, beyond those ordinarily bestowed on the church by the Holy Spirit for the sake of its mission, but has been raised up by God to spread scriptural holiness. Arising out of its historic mission and fruitfulness, Methodism has various ecclesial endowments to offer Catholics in any mutual exchange of gifts. These are considered here under six headings: Corporate Christianity (the nature of Christian community); Watching Over One Another in Love (discipline); Connexionalism and Christian Conference; The Contribution of Laypeople; The Call to Holiness; and The Means of Grace.

Keywords: Methodism; community; discipline; connexionalism; Christian conference; laypeople; holiness; means of grace

Chapter.  6361 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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