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Contemporary Ecumenism between Theologians’ Discourse and the Reality of Inter-confessional Dialogue. Case Study: Bihor

Brie, Mircea (2009): Contemporary Ecumenism between Theologians’ Discourse and the Reality of Inter-confessional Dialogue. Case Study: Bihor. Published in: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies No. 8, 24 (Winter 2009) (2009): pp. 257-283.

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Abstract

Religious freedom after 1989 would decisively contribute to changes in the religious structure. From a religious point of view, the fall of the communist regime meant the end of a time of abuse or interdictions for many people and communities. Discussing about ecumenism and interreligious or inter-confessional dialogue in Bihor is, according to current demographic realities, a need entailed by the ethno-confessional diversity and multiculturalism specific to the area. The great religious diversity has led not only to inter-community tensions but also to a better knowledge, a phenomenon that has finally led to dialogue and relationships. There is a visible tendency towards the realization of a unity in diversity, at the same time seeing the obstacles that exist in front of this vision. Beyond the energetic discourse of high Christian officials, contemporary ecumenism has several impediments imposed by the reality of some “small” local issues that have remained unsolved throughout years. Few times, these disputes have a theological understatement meant to prevent a genuine ecumenical dialogue.

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