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African Culture as a Basis for Ecumenism

By Society For Research And Academic Excellence  et al

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A cursory glance at the historical commitment of the Catholic Church towards ecumenism reveals that since 325 AD, beginning with the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, through the Lateran Ecumenical Council of 1179 to the First and Second Vatican Councils of 1869-1970 and 1962-1965 respectively, amounting to 21 ecumenical councils in the historical evolution of the ecclesia, reveals that the Church, is truly, in a theological sense, „an ecumenical council formed in response to the divine convoking‟; and in fact Beck (1975) wrote that “The Catholic Church as the Church of all would in fact be unfaithful to itself if it were to take the divisions of Christendom simply as a fact about which nothing can be done” (p. 420).
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Abstract

Ecumenism is a process by which Christian Churches that had been separated by doctrinal, social, ethnic, political and institutional factors move towards cooperation and unity, by mutual understanding and respect through dialogue. This piece argues that the foundation of this dialogue must be anchored on the foundation of what is really common to all or is acceptable by all. It further argues that the African culture, which has given churches in Africa a distinctive identity, can serve as a basis for ecumenism. Thus, particular beliefs in the religious, religio-social, religio-cultural and religio-moral spheres of African traditional belief system can serve as a common ground for ecumenical dialogue.

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Society For Research And Academic Excellence

Society For Research And Academic Excellence

Based in University of Nigeria, Nsukka, this academic society is incorporated in Nigeria to encourage brilliant and enterprising research scholars, both young and experienced, to make known the results of their hard work for the good of the nation and the world. The Society accepts research initiatives for publications and mentors potential scholars to achieve their vision.
B. A. C. Obiefuna

B. A. C. Obiefuna

Ikechukwu Anthony Kanu

Ikechukwu Anthony Kanu

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