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Jerusalem, Athens, and Zurich—Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Factors Inhibiting Receptive Ecumenism

Geraldine Smyth, OP

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/9780199216451.003.0024
Jerusalem, Athens, and Zurich—Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Factors Inhibiting Receptive Ecumenism

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This chapter examines the relationship between the challenge of Receptive Ecumenism and psychoanalytic dynamics relating to the loss and reconfiguration of identity. The chapter begins with two brief opening sections respectively indicating the relevance of psychoanalytic factors to matters of faith and introducing some methodological considerations. It then focuses on issues relating to the loss of meaning and the loss of identity before considering the character of ecclesial identity. These last three sections are organized in relation to the cardinal virtues of faith, hope, and love, respectively.

Keywords: Receptive Ecumenism; ecumenical learning; ecclesial identity; faith; hope; love

Chapter.  8023 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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