Doctrine, Dynamic and Difference: To the Heart of the by Pieter de Witte

By Pieter de Witte

the most divisive concerns in Western Christianity because the Reformation is the query of ways people are justified by way of God. In 1999, after many many years of ecumenical discussion, Lutherans and Roman Catholics have declared that this factor of ‘justification by way of religion’ isn't any longer a reason for department among them. one of many interesting gains of this Joint assertion at the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) is that it expresses a ‘differentiated consensus’ on justification.

The approach to differentiated consensus is mostly considered as a major methodological breakthrough within the ecumenical discussion. it's been used and noted in ecumenical files released after 1999. yet what are its that means and implications? This learn makes an attempt to elucidate the strategy of differentiated consensus via (1) investigating the method of doctrinal rapprochement which led as much as the JDDJ, (2) studying the best way the consensus takes form within the record itself, (3) studying arguments provided through critics and advocates of the legitimate discussion and (4) reflecting at the notion of doctrinal difference.

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