Probing Church Unity: Proposals For the Third Millennium

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007

As nightfall nears for the twentieth century and a third Christian millennium dawns, some observers discern not merely an energizing of eschatological interest, but also new and bolder ecclesiastical proposals for religious unity. Beyond end-times and doomsday warnings they detect signals foreboding both a reconstructed evangelical Protestantism and a refashioned liberal mainline ecumenism and, even more notably, the emergence of a Catholic-Lutheran end-run around the Protestant Reformation. The World Council of Churches (WCC), formed in 1948, soon subordinated evangelicalism to socio-political concerns and some leaders were criticized for quasi-Marxist redistributionist sympathies. Its effort to achieve one ...

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