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Contemporary Ecumenism between the Theologians’ Discourse and the Reality of Inter-Confessional Dialogue. Case Study: Bihor | Brie | Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies

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

Mircea Brie

Abstract


Religious freedom in Romania after 1989 has contributed decisively to changes in the religious structure in the country. From a religious point of view, the fall of the communist regime meant the end of abuse or interdictions for many people and communities. Discussing about ecumenism and interreligious or inter-confessional dialogue in Bihor is, according to the current demographic realities, a need entailed by the ethno-confessional diversity and multiculturalism specific to the area. The religious diversity has led not only to inter-community tensions but also to better mutual knowledge, a phenomenon that has finally led to dialogue and the establishment of relationships. There is a visible tendency towards the realization of a unity in diversity in full awareness of the obstacles ahead. Beyond the energetic discourse of high Christian clericals, contemporary ecumenism has been met with several impediments imposed by the reality of some “minor” local issues that have remained unsolved over the years. At times, underlying theological issues have been a hindrance to a genuine ecumenical dialogue.

Keywords


ecumenical movement; dialogue; denomination; conflicts; community; religious diversity; religious identity; theologians; confessional conservatism; New Europe; Bihor

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