Generous Orthodoxies

Essays on the History and Future of Ecumenical Theology

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Paul Silas Peterson
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock
    , April
     296 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jeremy M. Bergen forthcoming.


After the birth of the Protestant ecumenical movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and following the first great wave of universal Christian ecumenism in the 1960s and 1970s after the Second Vatican Council, prominent theologians of nearly every ecclesial tradition charted new territory in the last decades of the twentieth century. They crossed boundaries within their own ecclesial traditions and built bridges to other Christian churches--churches that were once excluded from fellowship. In the development of these new programs of ecumenical theology, the theologians redefined their own confessional identities and, in many cases, crossed the liberal-conservative divide within their own traditions. This volume introduces this fascinating dynamic of theological mediation, redefinition, and generosity. It shows how the ecumenical impulses, which were directed outwardly to other traditions, had reflexive effects inwardly. Working in the realms of both historical and systematic theology, the essays in this volume provide a critical analysis of the history of this general theological sentiment and offer an outlook for its future.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Paul Silas Peterson teaches theology at the Protestant Faculty of Theology of the University of Tübingen (where he is a Privatdozent) and the Department of Protestant Theology at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart). Previously he taught theology at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Heidelberg. He is the author of The Early Hans Urs von Balthasar: Historical Contexts and Intellectual Formation (2015); Reformation in the Western World (2017); The Early Karl Barth: Historical Contexts and Intellectual Formation 1905-1935 (2018); and the editor of The Decline of Established Christianity in the Western World: Interpretations and Responses (2017).


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