Recognition and reception are integral conditions for moving churches towards a fuller realization of shared unity. This article brings the 2013 Joint Working Group text Reception and the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity’s 2013 report From Conflict To Communion into dialogue with the 2017 commemoration of the Reformation with Reformed Christianity, Anabaptists, Brethren, Evangelicals, and Pentecostals. This investigation takes as its backdrop the mutual recognition and reception of churches. The paper reviews recent documents with a view to applying the reception of the quincentenary vision among these churches.
Yves Congar‘Reception as an Ecclesiological Reality’Concilium77 ed. Giuseppe Alberigo and Anton Weiler (ny: Herder & Herder 1972) pp. 43–68; G. R. Evans The Reception of the Faith (London; spck 1997) ch. 11 pp. 139–161.
J. M. R. Tillard‘“Reception”: A Time to Beware of False Steps’Ecumenical Trends14 (1985) p. 145; idem ‘Reception – Communion’ One in Christ 28 (1992) pp. 307–322; Gerard Kelly Recognition (Peter Lang 1996) p. 220.
EvansReception of the Faith p. 171. The conception by Günther Gassmann “From Reception to Unity: The Historical and Ecumencial Significance of the Conception of Reception” Community-Unity-Communion edited by Colin Podmore (London: Church House 1998) pp. 117–129 is now included as standard ingredients of receiving text tradition and spirituality.
Patrick Pasture and Leo Kenis‘The Transformation of Christian Churches in Western Europe: An Introduction,’La Transformation Des Eglises Chretiennes en Europe Occidentale1945–2000 ed. Leo Kenis Jaak Billiet Patrick Pasture (Leuven Belgium: Leuven University Press 2010) p. 13.
John F. MacArthur‘Evangelicals and Catholics Together’Master’s Seminary Journal6.6 pp. 7–37; and Larry D. Pettegrew ‘Evangelicalism Paradigms & the Emergent Church’ The Master’s Seminary Journal 17:2 (Fall 2006) pp. 159–175; cf. p. 163.