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Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic LearningExploring a Way for Contemporary Ecumenism$
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Paul Murray

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.001.0001

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A Methodist Perspective on Catholic Learning

A Methodist Perspective on Catholic Learning

(p.134) 10 A Methodist Perspective on Catholic Learning
Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning

David M. Chapman

Oxford University Press

This chapter affirms Pope John Paul II's description of ecumenical dialogue as involving ‘an exchange of gifts’ in order to identify a number of characteristic ecclesial endowments present in Methodism which Catholics might fruitfully receive in the process of Receptive Ecumenism. Methodism claims no special gifts, beyond those ordinarily bestowed on the church by the Holy Spirit for the sake of its mission, but has been raised up by God to spread scriptural holiness. Arising out of its historic mission and fruitfulness, Methodism has various ecclesial endowments to offer Catholics in any mutual exchange of gifts. These are considered here under six headings: Corporate Christianity (the nature of Christian community); Watching Over One Another in Love (discipline); Connexionalism and Christian Conference; The Contribution of Laypeople; The Call to Holiness; and The Means of Grace.

Keywords:   Methodism, community, discipline, connexionalism, Christian conference, laypeople, holiness, means of grace

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