Theologians to meet in Greece in search of Christian unity

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I will open the meeting to be attended by 120 members of the commission in Kolympari, Crete from October 7 to 14.

The meeting will not only address issues that have traditionally divided Christian denominations, but also matters that have become divisive in more recent times, such as questions of moral discernment.

This new approach will be rooted in a reflection on how churches relate to their sources of theological authority. Case studies will be used to illustrate how churches use these references to make moral decisions.

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15 Replies to “Theologians to meet in Greece in search of Christian unity”

  1. How many of these things I have seen in my Christian life and existance! The only one that brought note and attention was when Barth and Georges Florovsky met and became friends. (WCC) Indeed Florovsky’s vision of the church was eschatological, mystical, and catholic.
    Fr. R.

    1. I would think, Fr. Robert, that even among Trinitarians, there are so many differences, even on the subject of the Godhead, that to unite all Christians under the same banner would be an impossible task.

      1. Joel,
        The issue is not to make or expect every Christian to toe some Trinitarian mark or statement, but simply but profoundly to acknowledge the Trinitarian Mystery. The whole nature and reality of the First Council of Nicaea is to fence the great dogma, rather than define, or even seek to define the total mystery. This cannot really be done, but there are certain lines and trues that must be maintained. This is Nicaea! And later of course both the Council of Ephesus (Mary as the Theotokos in Christology) and Chalcedon. Which reaffirmed the definitions of Nicaea and Constantinople and repudiated Eutychian and Nestorian positions as heresies.

        So there are indeed certain banners which the Trinitarian doctrine is regarded and maintained.
        Fr. R.

        1. Fr. Robert,

          Many Trinitarians see the Trinity as three distinct Gods, claiming this as the mystery. Yet, you would allow these people to be accepted as Trinitarians?

          1. Joel,
            I have never seen a true Christian doctrine that is really tritheistic on the Trinity. The three distinct persons also form the Unity of the One God & Godhead. The only people that talk about a real tritheism are the Mormons. There are no doubt some evangelical Christians that are poorly taught, or don’t even really know the proper doctrine and definition of the Trinity of God, but that is something else again.
            Fr. R.

          2. But, don’t you think that this is a hindrance to any talk of unity? Such as it was in the 4th century? Misunderstanding or just bad doctrine – both will be thrown around against the other side.

          3. Oh yes, but if we look at the Western history, it has certainly a Trinitarian life and culture. The Middle Ages, to the fulness of the European life and culture. Roman Catholic to Swedish and German Lutheran, to French and Dutch Reformed, it has been deeply Trinitarian. Not to mention the life of the Scots and English, even the Anglican Irish. The 4th century was indeed past history for them. And really as it should be, at least in the sense of the majority. The Christian Church, especially in the freedom of the West, has always had those Christians on the fringe of orthodoxy. But this is just not the central culture nor theology that shaped the West or the European. So Christian unity must be fully historical, when we try and forget our history, or minimize what has shaped it, we really never come back to lasting truth. Note in Barth, and also in Torrance they simply knew that Christian theology must be Trinitarian, if it were to be true and renewed. This is also my deep conviction for Christian theology and doctrine, as we all head into the 21’st century, and 2010!
            Fr. R.

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