‘Living unity, real reconciliation and compassionate justice’: On Dirk Smit’s theological contribution to ecumenism

CC Le Bruyns


The various processes and practical steps through which churches attempt to realise the ecumenical task – manifesting the already-given oneness of the Church visibly and effectively (Gassmann 2002:1170) – are rooted primarily and necessarily in a theological conviction: “because God wills the church to be one, it is the state of church union which is normal, and the present state of church abnormal and requiring correction” (Best 2002:1179). The World Council of Churches (WCC) classic New Delhi text of 1961 affirms unity as “both God’s will and his gift to his Church.”


DJ Smit; Ecumenism; Justice; Reception; Reconciliation;Unity

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/ngtt.2007.v48n1.a31


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