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Receptive Ecumenism and the Hermeneutics of Catholic Learning—The Promise of Comparative Ecclesiology <sup>1</sup>

Gerard Mannion

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/9780199216451.003.0034
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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

Chapter.  6569 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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