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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (December 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441162720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441162724
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book should be required reading." Revd Dr Keith Clements, Baptist Times, January 2010.


Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "Ecumenical experts now have their own Catechism in this bookby Cardinal Walter Kasper. It is a summary of progress so far of the fourecumenical dialogues into which the Catholic Church has entered: with theMethodists and Lutherans, (both since 1967) and the Anglicans and the ReformedChurch (both since 1970)."
One In Christ, Volume 43, No. 2, December 2009



"La Récolte est bonne, mais tous ne sont pas prêts à savourer ces bon fruits. Espérons la publication rapide d'une traduction française de ce livre." Unité de Chrétiens, Janvier 2010.


mentioned in The Tablet 13 February, 2010.


"Contain[s] very positive indicators of where the Cardinal and his deparment stand."
Church Times, March 2010


Review in Churches Together in Sussex, Summer 2010

Review and description of book in Theology, 1st July 2010

'a timely and helpful book' Expository Times, August 2010


'Well structured and interesting; the reader is treated to a whistle-stop historic overview of preaching practice through the ages.' Church of Ireland Gazette, 23rd July 2010


Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "Ecumenical experts now have their own Catechism in this bookby Cardinal Walter Kasper. It is a summary of progress so far of the fourecumenical dialogues into which the Catholic Church has entered: with theMethodists and Lutherans, (both since 1967) and the Anglicans and the ReformedChurch (both since 1970)."
One In Christ, Volume 43, No. 2, December 2009



"La Récolte est bonne, mais tous ne sont pas prêts à savourer ces bon fruits. Espérons la publication rapide d’une traduction française de ce livre.” Unité de Chrétiens, Janvier 2010.


Review and description of book in Theology, 1st July 2010 

Offers a valuable and accurate portrayal of the major work prepared by the first generation of ecumenists, a work that has borne truly immense fruit. In many ways, Harvesting the Fruits reads as a kind of legacy project, the swan song of an illustrious theologian and ecumenist (representing an illustrious generation of ecumenists), and perhaps a parting gift to a Church that has not always shown sufficient appreciation for its high-calibre ecumenical leadership (to say nothing of its partners). (Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Cardinal Walter Kasper was President of The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. A German by birth, he spends much time lecturing and giving conferences in the English-speaking world.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leah Chang VINE VOICE on May 28, 2010
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"Harvesting the Fruits" references Galatians 6:9, "So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up." As the title of the book and the featured scripture imply, this is not a season of frustration or discouragement in ecumenical relations, we are not in an ecumenical winter, but "rich fruits" already have been harvested from these and other dialogues.

Writing about "ecumenical consensus, convergences and differences" over the biblical number of the past 40 years, Walter Cardinal Kasper brings us an easily readable, very useful overview of formal, bilateral conversations between worldwide organizational expressions of Christianity: Lutherans and Catholics / Methodists and Catholics from 1967 through the publication date of 2009; Reformed and Catholics / Anglicans and Catholics from 1970 through 2009. These dialogues were grounded in "Catholic understanding of ecumenical dialogue" and ecumenical principles stated in Vatican 2 documents Unitatis redintegration and Lumen gentium and as Cardinal Kasper notes, they reflect multilateral interrelationships amongst the various expressions of Christianity that participated. The book is comfortable to hold, has an easily readable type face (style and point size) and includes a near-comprehensive list of abbreviations from each phase or period of each formal dialogue, one of several features that make it a wonderful reference book. The author attempts to outline where we are at this present time as well as where we in the churches can move ahead and should move ahead in the quest for common unity. Cardinal Kasper uses the traditional, 2-millennia-long theological "Father, Son, Spirit" theological vocabulary without equivocation or apology.
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A great synopsis of the doctrinal agreement (and disagreement) that has resulted from the ecumenical dialogues of the 20th century. Very much worth the read, if for no other reason, than to summarize 50 years of documented correspondence between historic Christian traditions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clint Schnekloth on October 11, 2011
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It's not everyone's cup of tea spending time reading ecumenical agreements between the churches of the world. So if for no other reason alone, Cardinal Walter Kasper's book is a God-send in that it gathers the ecumenical work between Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, and Methodists together in one even-handed and spirited volume.

I cannot recommend this volume highly enough. It establishes that this season, which some have characterized as an ecumenical winter, is actually an ecumenical autumn, full of fruits ripe for harvesting. We have come a long way, and we have come this far because of the careful work of such theologians like Kasper who, inspired by the Holy Spirit, seek out our points of agreement rather than our reasons for difference. Ecumenicity is the exchange of gifts. Each communion brings its own gifts to the table. We are on a pilgrimmage together towards unity.

The book is structured as it should. After an initial chapter on fundamentals, Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity, in which Kasper illustrates the points of our greatest agreement, he then jumps to the stickiest subject of the Reformation era and afterwards, the doctrine of justification. In this chapter on salvation, justification, and sanctification, he illustrates how all our communions have come to a fundamental agreement on the very doctrine that first divided us. That is progress!

Then he shifts to a very long chapter on the church. Here is the big issue for ecumenism today--topics like episcopacy, magisterium, relationship between tradition and Scripture, and so on. In another great summary document on ecumenism, the justly famous Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry, it was the ministry that took up the most space and indicated the greatest struggle for unity.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 16, 2010
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They worship the same God, but their divisions remain strangely strong. "Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue" is a discussion of the Catholic Church's communications with the Protestant churches to help fade the line between Catholicism and Protestant, a divide which at certain points have been stronger than the division of Christians and Judaism. These dialogues are spiritual enlightening and grant the reader for a unified future, "Harvesting the Future" is a worthwhile addition to any Christian studies collection.
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