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.
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.
Table of contents
Why Ecumenical Theology?
Three Complementary Methods
Apophatic Aspects of Theological Conversation
What is Normative and Why?
A Non-Synthetic Dialectics
Three Orthodox Visions of Ecumenism
The Impact of Jan Hus in Ecumenical Discussion
From Schism to Sharing God’s Gifts beyond the Institutional Borders
Memory and Remembering in the Post-Communist Context
Working through Totalitarian Experience
Religious Belonging in a Changing Europe
A Journey towards Recognition
Appendix: Ecumenical Theology at the Turn of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries Bibliography Index
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.