Theoretical and practical aspects of ecumenical communication
Cate, William Burke
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Theoretical and practical aspects of ecumenical communication is the subject of this research. It is an effort to discover the role of theoretical and practical communication in the ecumenical movement. This is an important study because at this moment the newly founded World Council of Churches, which is the institutional form of the ecumenical movement, must determine its future strategy. Questions arise as to whether activity in life and work or in faith and order or in both at the same time will ensure the growth of ecumenical understanding among the churches. In order to understand this we must comprehend the role of the doctrinal and the non-doctrinal factors in ecumenical communication. The method of this dissertation is to reconstruct in four chapters the historical development of the ecumenical movement through the four contributing channels; the International Missionary Council, the Faith and Order Movement, the Life and Work Movement and the Federal Council of Churches. This will provide the historical perspective and the basic data of the research. The second section of the dissertation, which comprises five chapters, analyzes communication in the ecumenical movement from the point of view of the doctrinal and the noon-doctrinal factors. Chapters V and VI are dedicated to the analysis of the doctrinal and non-doctrinal barriers to ecumenical communication. The next two chapters reveal the role of the doctrinal and non-doctrinal communication that builds the ecumenical community. The final chapter is devoted to the summary and conclusions. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University.