The first eight papers introduce the ecumenical perspective to general readers, such as students of religious studies or theology and reflective member of the broader community. They indicate the basic rationale and motivating spirit of the ecumenical enterprise, the diverse circumstances in which ecuminists offer observations and recommendations, the personal traits required for ecumenical work, and the personal changes nurtured by it.
The final eight papers potentially deepen the perspective of ecumenical specialists, whether academic or ecclesiastical. The display of painstaking research and careful scholarship on such topics as the exercise of teaching authority in Christ's church, the ecclesial character of infallibility, the theology and practice of ordained ministry, and concrete strategies for fostering ecumenical progress.
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