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Anthony Le Donne

focusing on Jesus and history (all of these presentations have been published). Crook seems to be echoing the tendencies toward theoretical ‘presentism’ of Israeli scholar Yael Zerubavel. 13 He seems to be arguing against the ‘continuitism/traditionalism’ of Schwartz. But he does not cite either Zerubavel

Present-Day Spiritualities

Contrasts and Overlaps


Edited by Elisabeth Hense, Frans P.M. Jespers and Peter J.A. Nissen

Many forms of present-day Western spirituality contribute to people’s well-being, whereas others have raised criticism. The study of these different forms is, however, complicated by their continuously diverging practices and ideas. By bringing to bear a multidisciplinary approach, the ten specialists of this volume are able to analyze diverse new instances of spirituality, e.g. in religious contexts (Buddhism, Christianity), popular use, organizations and enterprises, (alternative) health service, and works of art. Most contributions also discuss methods and theories. In their editorial chapters, Elisabeth Hense, Frans Jespers and Peter Nissen show the remarkable overlaps in the approaches, definitions and evaluations of the contributions in this volume and provide a theoretical framework. Both the fresh analyses and the theoretical reflections in this volume point the way to new approaches in this field of study.

Contributors include: Jerry Biberman, Mark Elliott, Miguel Farias, Johan Goud, Paul Heelas, Elisabeth Hense, Frans Jespers, Hubert Knoblauch, Peter Nissen, Paul van der Velde

Kevin Smyth

Part of Curia: 1. Historical Evolution 2. Reform and Present Structure The demand for “decentralization” in the Church, which was heard during the preparations for Vatican II, became more and more strongly linked as time went on with the demand for reform of the Curia. In an allocution to the

From Inception to Present

The Diminishing Role of Women in the Congregação Cristã no Brasil

Rubia R. Valente

church’s history and its importance in the pentecostal movement in Brazil. I describe the empirical analysis and survey methodology using responses from 593 members of the Congregação Cristã no Brasil . Then I present the historical account of women in three important roles: as preachers, deaconesses

Editor-in-Chief Philip G. Ziegler

Brill Research Perspectives in Theological Traditions presents extended essays addressing the current research into the theology and doctrine of Christianity’s diverse traditions as well as similar bodies of thought in other religious traditions. In each issue—typically fifty to one-hundred pages in length including annotated bibliographies – expert scholars map out the current field of research and provide a state of the art account of the subject. Our authors provide historical overviews of important developments, discuss influential theological figures and their ongoing reception, as well as analyzing contemporary debates about the history, present state, and emerging future of specific confessional theological traditions. Brill Research Perspectives in Theological Traditions is an invaluable resource for students wishing to become and stay current with the latest research concerning the wide-range of Christian and other religious traditions, as well as a dynamic and expert resource for students of theology, history, and related fields.

Forthcoming issues:
Evangelical Theology
Old Catholic Theology
Latin-American Protestantism
The present collection, World Council of Churches: Relations with the Roman Catholic Church, makes available a section of the ecumenical archives covering the period 1948-1992. These archives are of great interest and frequently consulted by researchers working on the history of the ecumenical movement. The different sections contain, among others, correspondence with Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Bea and the Community of Taizé.
A few examples of cooperation between WCC and RCC are: jointly sponsored studies on “common witness and proselytism”, “catholicity and apostolicity”, “towards a confession of the common faith”; Roman Catholic membership in the Commission on Faith and Order; the setting up by the RCC of consultative relations with the Commission on world Mission and Evangelism and the Christian Medical Commission; the joint preparation of material for use in the Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; the concern for development and peace by the joint Committee on Society, Development and Peace (SODEPAX); the full participation of the RCC in regional, national and local councils of churches.
Examples of ecumenical collaboration are: the various bilateral agreements on doctrinal points; the interconfessional translation of the Bible under the joint inspiration and guidance of the United Bible Societies and the World Catholic Federation for the Biblical Apostolate; the development and the understanding of the notion of the unity of the church in terms of conciliar fellowship; the exploration of the possibility of membership for the RCC in the WCC.

The documents in the archives consist of correspondence, personal notes, press cuttings, reports and unpublished material. Records are divided into five sections:
1. General documentation
2. Roman Catholic Church
3. Council Vatican II
4. Joint Working Group
5. Sodepax

See also: World Council of Churches Online: World War II Era Records

Léon Nguapitshi Kayongo

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2005 Exchange 34,3 Also available online – 1 We thank the German theologian Heinrich Balz for translating this article from French into English and for writing the present introductory note. The rest of the arti- cle is authored by Léon Nguapitshi

Cecil M. Robeck

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157007410X531934 Pneuma 32 (2010) 413-429 Montanism and Present Day “Prophets” Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. Professor of Church History and Ecumenics, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, USA Abstract Over the

Anton G. Honig

A n t o n G. H o n i g TRENDS I N PRESENT ASIAN THEOLOGY BIBLIOGRAPHY A b e s a m i s , C a r l o s H. D o i n g T h e o l o g i c a l R e f l e c t i o n i n a P h i l i p p i n e C o n t e x t . I n : D . J . E l w o o d ( e d . ) A s i a n C h r i s t i a n T h e o l o g y , 1 9 8 0 . A

The Geist of Hegel Past and Present

Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age and the Claims of Christian Faith

Michael J. McClymond

. 1 Intellectual historian John Patrick Diggins, in the New York Times Book Review under the title “The Godless Delusion,” opined that Taylor’s “main purpose” was to “prove that God is still very much present in the world” and so “to salvage religion from the corrosive effects of modern secularism