Essays in Ecumenical Theology I

Aims, Methods, Themes, and Contexts


Author: Ivana Noble
In the first volume of Essays in Ecumenical Theology Ivana Noble depicts differences between what she calls a sectarian outlook and one which engages in the search for common roots, dialogical relationships and shared mission in a world that has largely become post-Christian, but often also post-secular. Drawing on both Western and Orthodox scholarship, and expressing her own positions, Noble sketches what ecumenical theology is, how it is linked to spirituality, the methods it uses, how it developed during the twentieth century, and the challenges it faces. Specific studies deal with controversial interpretations of Jan Hus, Catholic Modernism, the problematic heritage of the totalitarian regimes, and responses to the current humanitarian crisis.

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Ivana Noble, PhD (1966) is Professor of Ecumenical Theology at Charles University in Prague, and a former president of Societas Oecumenica. She has published monographs and articles on Orthodox theology, theology and culture confronted by totalitarianism, and the hermeneutics of tradition.

1 Why Ecumenical Theology?

2 Three Complementary Methods

3 Apophatic Aspects of Theological Conversation

4 What is Normative and Why?

5 A Non-Synthetic Dialectics

6 Three Orthodox Visions of Ecumenism

7 The Impact of Jan Hus in Ecumenical Discussion

8 From Schism to Sharing God’s Gifts beyond the Institutional Borders

9 Memory and Remembering in the Post-Communist Context

10 Working through Totalitarian Experience

11 Religious Belonging in a Changing Europe

12 A Journey towards Recognition

Appendix: Ecumenical Theology at the Turn of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
All interested in how theology can contribute to overcoming hostility, misrepresentations or indifference towards others, in ecumenism, in relations between Christian West and East, and in the hermeneutics of tradition.