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Grassroots unity and the Fountain Trust international conferences: a study of ecumenism in the charismatic renewal

Au, Ho Yan (2008)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis studies the nature of grassroots unity during the charismatic renewal of the 1970s and its significance for ecumenism. It argues that the renewal made an important contribution to ecumenism by means of complementarity of institution and charisms, and christology and pneumatology. It is based on the five international conferences of the Fountain Trust in the 1970s and focuses on two grassroots activities: worship in general and the celebration of the eucharist in particular. Worship in this setting nurtured unity through charisms, but the eucharist exposed the inadequacy of this grassroots unity because of doctrinal and ecclesiological differences. The thesis aims to suggest a way forward by searching for the complementarity of institution and charisms, and christology and pneumatology in a charismatic context. It argues that the two emphases of the charismatic renewal, charisms and the Holy Spirit, complement the institutional commitments of the church and ecumenism. The concepts of Christus praesens and Spiriti praesens are considered intrinsic to the charisms, and thus christology and pneumatology should both be considered significant for ecumenism. It finally discusses the complementarity of ecumenical institutions and the charismatic renewal, the convergence of ecumenical streams and continuity in modern ecumenical history.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Cartledge, Mark J. (1962-)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Theology and Religion
Keywords:charismatic renewal, unity, ecumenism, institution, charisms, complementarity, Christology, pneumatology
Subjects:BR Christianity
BT Doctrinal Theology
BX Christian Denominations
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:183
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