‘Living unity, real reconciliation and compassionate justice’: On Dirk Smit’s theological contribution to ecumenism
Keywords:DJ Smit, Ecumenism, Justice, Reception, Reconciliation, Unity
AbstractThe 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.”
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