Welcome, come one come all to view our (currently!) little carnival. Hopefully it will grow to something greater. Avalanches start small too after all.
We’ll start with the unconscious entries, that is things noticed which apply to our Carnival, but the authors were unaware of this carnival or … were too shy to enter themselves. The first three entries were found by me, the rest by our gracious carnival founder Weekend Fisher (for her blog and entries … read on).
- Father Alvin Kimmel has two posts up (Grace Oecumenical and Grace Oecumenical: Orthodoxy) and it looks like more to come of the results of a oecumenical council and series of meetings held between Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Reformed theologians in the 1950s discussing Grace (a book later appeared, which seems out of print).
Deification, created grace, and extrinsic grace are the three terms that are characteristically used to describe the views of Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and the Reformation on justification and sanctification. The authors note that at first glance it is difficult to see much common ground between the three traditions on the nature of grace.
importantly for our little project here, they found (!!!)
Yet, the authors insist, the experience of ecumenical discussion has confirmed their conviction that “three three views of grace are not so irreconcilable as might appear.”
My guess is two more essays are forthcoming.
- Bonnie at Intellectuelle instructs us on irenic discourse.
- Henry Neufeld at Threads from Henry’s Web has a short essay on apology (and non-apology). Tut tut, Henry … you didn’t send in a specific essay so I had to pick one. 😉
- First Things had done a pair of articles, The Problem with Conservatism and The Problem witih Liberalism
- Cyberstones touched off an interesting discussion of Infant Communion:
- iMonk had an homage to Robert Webber, bridging the worship gap between low church and high church.
- Codepoke at Familyhood Church had a (general interest) Easter message where he understands Christ as reconciliation for more than just the body of believers.
The Month’s question posed earlier by me was:
The question I’d like to ask is, whether or not you are presbyter or lay, “What positive thing or things can, should, or must we do this today, this week, or this month, to foster and act in a way which helps drive the ecumenical movement forward?”
Weekend Fisher has a response to my question. She suggests that we might try to address the log in our own collective eyes, that being the inflamatory rhetoric we use to keep the walls of division up within our own ranks. And she leads by example, with an excellent essay on why Lutheran’s shouldn’t view the Pope as, well … erhm … as the anti-Christ.
My contribution to this question was to propose a number of different things we might try (as well as one I did try with mixed success). On reflection, I think the biggest criticism of my (last nights!) ideas was that it dwells too much on what we men might do and doesn’t rely enough on God and His Spirit (or more specifically prayer).
Weekend Fisher blogging at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength also considers my reply to her question from last month on Essence/Energies which is (currently) a uniquely Orthodox description of God used in developing descriptions of God and the Trinity especially in reference to theosis.
Finally, to wrap things up, a final essay of mine, in which I try to consider break down and categorize those things holding us apart. Different things might have different solutions and different angles to attack.