The Common Catechism

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The Common Catechism: A Book of Christian Faith is an ecumenical Christian catechism that is the result of Roman Catholic-Protestant dialogue and work.[1] It was first published in 1973 and is the first joint catechism published by theologians of the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Reformed Church, among other Protestant traditions, since the Reformation:[2][3]

The Common Catechism is ecumenical not only in drawing on the resources of scholars of many nations, but also on all the major Western Christian traditions. The three primary traditions, of course, are the Calvinist, the Lutheran, and the Roman Catholic, each of which has stamped its character on more than a score of major religious denominations, with the dominant emphasis developing along the lines of "Protestant" and "Catholic" or, as with the churches of the Anglican Communion, in a fusion of both. The Common Catechism will thus be of universal import to all the Christian churches and will be a source of enlightenment and encouragement to every individual Christian.[4]

The Christian theologians writing the text "trust that their common witness will arouse each individual Christian to a joint testimony of faith in the Christian life."[4] The Common Catechism is interdenominational in that it presents "a joint account of the Christian faith" and is regarded as a major fruit of ecumenical commitment.[5]

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  1. ^ Bent, Ans Joachim van der (1 December 1994). Historical Dictionary of Ecumenical Christianity. Scarecrow Press. p. 70. ISBN 9781461659228.
  2. ^ Commonweal, Volume 102. Commonweal Publishing Corporation. 1975. p. 31. The book offers the first comprehensive statement of religious faith produced jointly by Catholic and Protestant theologians since the separation of the churches over four centuries ago.
  3. ^ Fahlbusch, Erwin; Bromiley, Geoffrey William (14 February 2008). The Encyclodedia of Christianity. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 399. ISBN 9780802824172. Feiner and L. Vischer edited Neues Glaubensbuch. Der gemeinsame christliche Glaube (ET The Common Catechism: A Book of Christian Faith [1975]), which brought together contributions of Protestant and Roman Catholic theologians who corrected, improved and complemented one another.
  4. ^ a b Feiner, Johannes; Vischer, Lukas (1975). The Common Catechism: a Book of Christian Faith. Seabury Press. p. viii-xiv. ISBN 9780816402830.
  5. ^ Phan, Peter C. (24 March 2016). The Gift of the Church: A Textbook on Ecclesiology. Liturgical Press. p. 165. ISBN 9780814680827.

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