Concordia Theological Monthly

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joint catechism, india, christian church, lutheran, theological, union, faith, kerala, evangelical

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Efforts toward union have generally been characterized by emphasis either on "order" or "faith." To epitomize these emphases with the phrases "union first, agreement later" and "agreement first, union later" approaches caricature; but it does serve to indicate the direction in which each emphasis is headed. Both these emphases seem to partake of the same weakness, the supposition that the other side, somehow or other, will be taken care of. The "union first" supposes that agreement will grow out of union; "agreement first" supposes that a series of agreed propositions is going to take care of the organizational problems of union. Certainly no thinking ecumenist is going to subscribe to either caricature. A balanced view of faith and order seems to hold the greatest promise of ecumenical progress.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars