Receptive Ecumenism, Ecclesial Learning, and the ‘Tribe’

James Sweeney, CP

in Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216451
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191712173 | DOI:
Receptive Ecumenism, Ecclesial Learning, and the ‘Tribe’

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This chapter addresses the following questions: How can the underlying processes of communal identity formation be accommodated? How will it be possible to get beyond the simple tribalism of establishing identity over, against, and, even hostile to, the foreign ‘other’? Can we envisage a shift in favour of an ‘ecumenical tribe’? These questions are explored in four movements: Catholic identity, between the universal and the particular; receptive ecumenical learning: the overcoming of tribal prejudice; irreducible difference: the limits of receptive ecumenical learning; and discerning the conditions for receptive ecumenical learning.

Keywords: communal identity; tribalism; tribal prejudice; Catholic identity; ecumenical learning

Chapter.  5698 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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