Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, by Steven R. Harmon

By Steven R. Harmon

Baptists are usually the “problem young children” of the ecumenical flow. The Baptist obsession to achieve a real church birthed a practice of separation. whereas Baptists’ misgivings approximately ecumenism could stem from this fissiparous family tree, it really is both real that the trendy ecumenical circulate itself more and more lacks consensus in regards to the pathway to a visual Christian unity.

In Baptist id and the Ecumenical Future, Steven R. Harmon explores the connection of the Baptist calling to be a pilgrim neighborhood and the ecumenical circulate. Harmon argues that neither imaginative and prescient could be fulfilled except a jointly receptive ecumenical engagement. As Harmon exhibits, Baptist groups and the church buildings from which they're separated want each other. leader one of the presents Baptists need to supply the remainder of the church are their pilgrim aversion to overly learned eschatologies of the church and their radical dedication to discerning the guideline of Christ through the Scriptures. Baptists, in flip, needs to be keen to obtain from different church buildings ignored facets of the unconventional catholicity from which the Bible is inseparable.

Embedded within the Baptist imaginative and prescient and its historic embodiment are astonishing openings for ecumenical convergence. Baptist identification and the Ecumenical Future urges Baptists and their discussion companions to acknowledge and include those ecumenically orientated points of Baptist id as integral provisions for his or her shared pilgrimage towards the fullness of the guideline of Christ of their midst, which continues to be partial as long as Christ’s physique is still divided.

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