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Inter-confessional Dialogue and Ecumenical Movement in the Latter Half of the 20th Century: Case Study; Oradea

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Brie, Mircea

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Abstract The new Europe will bring together a plurality of religions, traditions and cultures. The process of European integration has not only political implications, but also economic, political, social and religious implications. In this context, the building of a New Europe requires a coherent interreligious dialogue. The perspectives of the world and European ecumenical movement concern the realization of the unity among churches. There is a visible tendency towards the realization of a unity in diversity, at the same time seeing the obstacles that exist in front of this vision. A big step forward in Europe was made by the cooperation between CEC and CCEE to organize the European Ecumenical Assemblies and to elaborate the document entitled Charta Oecumenica. The ecumenical dialogue is practically based on the phenomenon of the concentric circles. What is important is in fact how much the parts have in common or how far a Christian denomination has gone from the doctrinal, administrative and juridical point of view. The dialogue is the ideal means in putting face to face the different points of view, in examining the divergences that separate Christians. In the ecumenical dialogue, the seriousness of the engagement and the depth of the problems that require a solution are obvious.
Keywords Europe; intercultural factors; ecumenical movement; twentieth century; case study; sociology of religion; church
Classification Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology; Philosophy, Ethics, Religion; Sociology of Religion
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 297-322
Journal Historia urbana (2009)
Status Preprint; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike