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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809139863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809139866
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,892,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In recent years, a slow revolution has been afoot in the Christian worldDa rapprochement between Catholics and evangelical Protestants, two groups that even 30 years ago had little to do with one another. This volume, jointly published by a leading Catholic and a leading evangelical press, attests to that revolution, even as it asks whether the two groups share "a common future." (The volume's answer is a cautiously optimistic yes.) The meat of the book is four essays on theology: a Catholic and a Protestant each on salvation and ecclesiology, two issues that have long separated the churches. Indeed, the most intriguing essay is Timothy George's attempt to envision a new evangelical ecclesiology. But the book avoids entirely another issue dividing the churches: women's roles. There is neither an essay by a woman, nor an essay about women. Even those who do not usually hop on the affirmative action bandwagon will agree that a book hoping to bring Catholics and evangelicals together must address the women who comprise half the rank-and-file members in their pews. This collection pulls together a number of luminaries, including Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard Mouw and Fordham University religion professor Avery Dulles. But it could have benefited from an essay (or two or three) by any of the under-35 Christians for whom at least some expressions of ecumenism are taken for granted. While the volume pursues a noble goal, it falls short. (Dec.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


The essays are honest and helpful. -- Lutheran Quarterly

The essays are honest and helpful. -- Lutheran Quarterly

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Chris in Maine on April 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was truly the result of what happens when people take their blinders off and look at each other objectively. Having a shared Catholic/Evangelical authorship made the book very interesting indeed, especially for someone like myself who has deep personal ties in both of these camps.
The first part of this book discussed ECT, the Evangelicals and Catholics together pact, being careful to point out what it does NOT say, so that people don't get the idea that its false ecumenism. It does however go at lengths to explain the areas in which we do fully agree, and therefore can be said to have a common evangel.
The middle parts were interesting to me, as they explained sotierology from early and modern viewpoints. It didn't get too heavy, but it may not be of extreme interest to some readers. Next, church structure is discussed in a way that should help both Catholics and Evangelicals understand what each mean by "church" and the historical and Biblical reasons them.
Lastly was an essay by a man named David E. Bjork, an evangelical who tells of his experience evangelizing Catholics in France. What is so special about that? He encourages them to become better Catholics, rather than rip them away from a perfectly valid church, their roots, and their heritage! This was very heartening for me, as I've thought for some time now that this is how evangelism should be done in Central America and Western Europe. Further, his efforts seem to be having a good effect.
This is an encouraging book that I recommend all Catholics and Evangelicals read. For those endowed with open mind and a spirit of charity, there is much to be learned from the authors. I pray that all future cooperation and dialogue is as charitable as this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith R. Wasser on January 21, 2007
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I have seen this book a number of times in my local Catholic bookstore and I have thumbed through it a number of times. So last week I chose to pick it up and purchase it and read it. Wow what a pleasent surprise. I am Catholic and my spouse is an Evangelical Protestant. This book is really a beautiful expression of what Christians can do when they stop focusing on their differences for a moment. It is really too bad that there was only one review of this book on amazon. I wish that every Christian would read this book and understand that even though there are differences between Evangelicals and Catholics in a lot of theological and biblical areas that there is much that we can agree on. If we put our differences aside for just a moment we could bring city blocks to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. What bothers me is a book like this is a work that really matters, and as Protestants and Catholics we could make a huge difference in this crazy world for Christ. It really bothers me to know that the top best sellers in the Christian book world are "the Left Behind series." Every one of these articles are great and well thought out. I especially like the last story in the book about the couple who do missionary work in France within the context of the Catholic Church and both of them are Evangelical Protestants. They both have basically had a ministry for 25 years of helphing Catholics understand their faith better and to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Talk about being obedient to God. I hope if I ever am faced with such a choice that I would obey the Lord like these folks did with such humility. I hope someday I can shake both their hands and say thank you for bringing unity.

Great book, excellent work and good articles.
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By Crazy Horse on December 8, 2008
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This remarkable book should be better known by Latter-day Saints.

Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., explains that Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, "was one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Catholic/Evangelical Committee (1987), the first local Catholic/Evangelical dialogue in the United States" (p. vii). (As is now rather well-known, Mouw has also been for some time sponsoring informal conversations between his evangelical friends and groups of LDS scholars assembled by Robert Millet.)

In his foreword to Catholics and Evangelicals, Mouw indicates that it is time for Protestants to cease being stridently anti-Catholic, to stop seeing the Pope as an antichrist, and Catholicism as "uniformly a religion of 'pagan darkness'" (p. 2).

This is not to say that there are no significant disagreements, but the fact is that both "evangelicals and Roman Catholics have found common cause on a number of issues" (p. 2). And it is appropriate for those who speak for these two communities to cease "talking past each other," especially when both are confronted with the same "culture of unbelief" (p. 3).

Every essay in this collection should be of interest to the Saints. One example is the treatment of theosis or sharing in God's life (pp. 70--72) offered by Robert L. Wilken in his chapter on "Salvation in Early Christian Thought" (pp. 56--76). Wilken argues that, even in the West, for example, in some of Augustine's writings, there are signs of a deep commitment to deification as the ultimate promise of the sanctification that must follow justification. Neither the evangelicals nor Roman Catholics whose essays are included in this volume manifest the kind of certainty or ecclesiastical triumphalism that one sometimes finds in the literature produced by both camps, especially when they are in an adversarial mode.
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