1. bookVolume 14 (2022): Issue 1 (April 2022)
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Between Realistic Disillusionment and Virtual Enchantment Critique of Denominational Barriers and Essays on a Vision for Intercommunion

Published Online: 31 May 2022
Volume & Issue: Volume 14 (2022) - Issue 1 (April 2022)
Page range: 41 - 63
Journal Details
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Journal
eISSN
2359-8107
First Published
15 Mar 2013
Publication timeframe
3 times per year
Languages
English, German
Abstract

This paper discusses intercommunion from a Protestant, post-Leuenbergian perspective. Its first section takes a realist view, discussing denominational barriers to intercommunion through an explanation of why ecumenical theology as doctrinal discourse seems to be at a deadlock, moving in a circle of two opposing hermeneutics with no common ground. The second section takes a visionary’s perspective, sketching three types of vision on the way to bridging denominational barriers and widening the understanding of intercommunion by a) taking counterfactual visions from biblical stories as encouraging narratives of intercommunion, b) suggesting a role for negative theology as a potential common ground leading to valuation and perspective-taking regarding different denominational teachings on communion and c) studying performances of present or potential practices signifying intercommunion in a broader scope of understanding.

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