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A New Ecumenical Reference Text?

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Responses to ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision’

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This introductory article first of all presents some background information regarding the document that is under discussion in this issue, the Faith and Order report The Church (2013), including the history of the ecclesiology study project it is the result of. Further, it introduces the five articles, from different confessional and geographic backgrounds, that form the main content of this issue. In addition, it offers some personal theological reflections on the document, and it tries to answer the question if The Church has the potential to become the main ecumenical reference text. It concludes with some remarks on an issue hardly covered in ecumenical dialogue so far, i.e. the institutionality of the church.

Affiliations: 1: Protestant Theological UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlandsjkoffeman@pthu.nl

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