By Edward Loane
This ebook evaluates William Temple’s theology and his pursuit of church solidarity. It exposes a couple of paradoxes and conflicts that experience typically long past under-appreciated in exams of Temple.
William Temple used to be some of the most amazing leaders of the early ecumenical stream. in lots of methods his ecumenical efforts supplied a paradigm others have regarded to and undefined. via specified research of basic assets, this learn sheds gentle on a number of behind-the-scenes conflicts Temple skilled as he labored towards church team spirit. Edward Loane explores the basis of Temple’s paintings via studying the philosophy and theology that underpinned and fueled it. The e-book additionally exposes the tensions among Temple’s denominational allegiance and his ecumenical convictions—a stress that, in many ways, undermined his paintings for reunion. This booklet unearths matters that modern Christians have to grapple with as they search to extra church harmony.
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Extra resources for William Temple and Church Unity: The Politics and Practice of Ecumenical Theology
Thoughts in War-Time. 47. 102 Issues of Faith. 33. 103 Thoughts in War-Time. 47, 49–50. 110. 105 Personal Religion. 17. 343. 107 Spirit and Truth. 2. 108 Some Problems. 105–106. 111 As such, it was obviously imperative for members of the church to cultivate unity as a priority. Ecclesiology: Complementarity and Unity The second important aspect in Temple’s understanding of the nature of the church was that within its essential unity, it contained fundamentally diverse features that complemented each other.
217, Fletcher, Temple. 117. Baker, “Introduction,” in Religious Experience: And Other Essays and Addresses, ed. E. Baker (London: James Clarke, 1957). p. 4. S. Moore, “William Temple, Ronald Preston, and the Relationship between Human Community and the Principles of Anglican Social Ethics,” SLJT 34, no. 2 (1991). 54–55). Temple, The Universality of Christ (London: SCM, 1921). 29. 32 Temple to Iremonger, Feb 1944, in Iremonger, Temple. 37. Lindsay, “The Idealism of Caird and Jones,” JPS 1, no.
98 This conclusion was important in shaping Temple’s approach to those of different Christian traditions. All parties could approach one another on an equal footing, each as true and precious members of the body of Christ. Temple’s understanding of the church’s nature was by no means universally accepted, even within the Church of England. As we shall see in Chap. 5, it caused massive friction when schemes of reunion, such as the South Indian Scheme, were pursued along these lines. 99 The most important factor in binding the members of the body of Christ together was what Temple described as “spiritual unity” derived from submission to Christ.
William Temple and Church Unity: The Politics and Practice of Ecumenical Theology by Edward Loane