Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Three Periods of Christianity

This blog has proclaimed its support towards the Ecumenical Movement, identifying the riches and the positive sides of the dialogue status between the Churches. Gerald Bonner, in one of his articles in Sobornost (the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius’ Journal) describes the three periods of Christianity, according to his understanding. He, therefore, explains:

“It is customary to call the various epochs of church history by special names, which are supposed to express the characteristic feature of the times. Thus, the earlier Christian centuries are often styled the Age of the Fathers, in recognition of the legacy of patristic theology which has so greatly influenced the thought and devotion of later ages. Again, the medieval period is often referred to as the Ages of Faith, when Christianity was the dominant force, both intellectually and socially, and in which the great majority of European professed the Christian faith. On this analogy, the 20th century may perhaps eventually be styled the Age of Ecumenism, the age in which Christians of all denominations became aware of the scandal of disunion, and attempted to do something to bring it to an end”[1].
Can we all accept the importance of the Ecumenical Movement? Many, in both East and West, would question the practices and ontology of Ecumenism, not embracing the commandment ‘love thy neighbour’ or even showing the love that is promoted and believed by Christianity as a whole.

[1] Bonner, Gerald, “Divided Christendom: The Contemporary Background”, Sobornost, Series 5: No. 7, Autumn 1968, p. 511

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate this sentiment, but I wonder if the rise of independent Christianity in Asia, S America, and Africa, and the decline on Orthodoxy in the East and of Anglicanism in the West, this is not entirely correct. Rather, are we not in the age of World or Global Christianity (once again, as Jenkins argues)? Just a suggestion within a question. Thanks for the blog.