A Reformed Voice in the Ecumenical Discussion


In A Reformed Voice in the Ecumemenical Discussion Martien E. Brinkman offers a critical account of the main international ecumenical developments of the last three decades. He delivers a sketch of the Reformed contribution to the ecumenical dialogues dealing with issues like contextuality, state-church relations, the ethical implications of baptism, the church as sacrament of the kingdom and apostolic tradition.

He pleas for a stronger non-Western input in the ecumenical discussions and emphasizes that in many contexts (Indonesia, India, China) the interreligious dialogue has become part of the inner-Christian dialogue. This study can be considered as a constructive contribution to the development of a hermeneutics of tradition and puts itself the critical question what is lost and found in translation.

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Biographical Note

Martien E. Brinkman, Ph.D. (1979), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is emeritus Professor of Ecumenical/Intercultural Theology. He has published several monographs, including Progress in Unity? (Peeters/Eerdmans, 1995), The Tragedy of Human Freedom (Rodopi, 2003) and The Non-Western Jesus (Equinox 2009).

Table of contents



Part 1 Unity of the Church
Unity: A Reformed Contribution
Truth and Diversity
State and Church: The South African Case

Part 2 Sacraments of the Church
Baptism as an Indispensable Part of a Sound Public Theology
A Too Optimistic Approach?
The Church as Place of Forgiveness and Freedom
A Plea for Christ as the Righteous and Merciful Judge
The Church as Sacrament of the Kingdom

Part 3 Ministry
Mutual Recognitions of Baptism
The Church as Communion
An Emerging Consensus on Papal Primacy?

Part 4 Tradition Hermeneutics
A Common Confession of Faith
The Theological Basis for the Local-Universal Debate
From Ecumenical to Intercultural Theology

Index of Names and Subjects


All interested in the main international ecumenical developments of the last three decades and their implications for church and society.