Does Receptive Ecumenism Have a Future?
Receptive Ecumenism calls upon us to be receptively open, and to be prepared to be transformed by learning from the rich diversity we discern in the life of our ecumenical dialogue partners. However, these very ecclesial differences are differences that have been thrown up historically; they are differences that have been inherited from the past. This chapter will argue that, in the light of the eschatological dimension of Christian faith and hope, there is a sense in which Receptive Ecumenism is unnecessarily self-limiting. We also have to be open and receptive to what comes to us from the future. What the God of surprises may have in store for all of us may be genuinely new, and inevitably disturbing and challenging.
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