Ecumenical Reception: Its Challenge and Opportunity


Author: William G Rusch
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans
ISBN: 9780802847232
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 168
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In 1988 William Rusch wrote a book tracing the development of the idea of reception up to that time. During the intervening years, both reflection on reception and the experience of attempting to engage in it have progressed considerably.

Rusch begins with a bird’s-eye view of the term reception across several disciplines
law, philosophy, literary criticism
before homing in on its theological import. He traces its use as a term and as a practice from the New Testament up to the twentieth century, painting a picture of a dynamic process that fosters unity and diversity among churches and spiritual communities. Finally, he examines the new chapter in the history of reception due to the establishment of the ecumenical movement, and considers what will be necessary for it to continue to move the church forward.


William G. Rusch, a Lutheran pastor, is professor of Lutheran studies at Yale Divinity School and professor of church history at New York Theological Seminary.

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Dimensions 23 × 15 cm
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