A History of the Desire for Christian Unity, Volume 1

Dawn of Ecumenism


A History of the Desire for Christian Unity is a multi-volume reference work on the history of ecumenism. The ecumenical movement is understood as a twentieth-century movement of European origin with a global reach. This reference work is a reconstruction of the arc of time in which the Christian churches transitioned from a position of hostility to one of dialogue, and from separation to forms of communion. Scholars across the continents and disciplines explore a history of individuals and groups, generations and assemblies, documents and programs, theologies and practices, all firmly placed within the framework of a desire for unity.

This first volume traces the long-term roots and reconstructs the historical, theological, and political junctures that marked the beginning of a distinctive movement that runs throughout the nineteenth and into the heart of the twentieth century.

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Alberto Melloni (Ph.D. 1989), is Secretary of Fondazione per le scienze religiose (FSCIRE). Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, is Professor of History of Christianity, Founder of the European Academy of Religion and Unesco Chairholder, he serves as Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission.

Luca Ferracci (Ph.D. 2017) obtained his PhD in Religious Studies from the Giuseppe Alberigo European School for Advanced Religious Studies and since 2017 he has been research fellow at FSCIRE. A scholar of contemporary Christianity, he is a member of the editorial board of the Bologna Studies in Religious History series, published in the Brill catalog.
"Die Ereignisse und Entwicklungen, die vorgestellt werden, beruecksichtigen die evangelische, katholische und orthodoxe Christenheit.", Uwe Swarat, Berlin, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung, Volume 148.3 (2023).
This reference work will be of interest for those interested in the history of ecumenism, including theologians, philosophers, and historians.
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