Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue

Mapping the Differentiated Consensus of the Joint Declaration

Authors: Rinderknecht, Jakob

  • Provides a timely addition to the study of ecumenism at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
  • Offers a unique approach to the question of differentiated consensus that makes use of the tools of contemporary cognitive linguistics
  • Investigates the embodied character of human knowing to demonstrate that agreements between communities require understanding the particular structures of language operative in each group
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 This book uses the insights of cognitive linguistics to argue for the possibility of differentiated consensus between separated churches. The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, signed by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999, represents the high water mark of the twentieth-century ecumenical movement. It declares that the sixteenth-century condemnations related to justification do not condemn the teachings of the partner church. Some critics reject the agreement, arguing that a consensus that is differentiated is not actually a consensus. 

In this book, Jakob Karl Rinderknecht shows that mapping the "cognitive blends" that structure meaning can reveal underlying agreement within apparent theological contradictions. He traces Lutheran and Catholic positions on sin in the baptized, especially the Lutheran simul iustus et peccator and the Catholic insistence that concupiscence in the baptized is not sin. He demonstrates that the JDDJ reconciles these positions, and therefore that a truly differentiated consensus is possible. 

About the authors

 Jakob Karl Rinderknecht is Director of the Pastoral Institute and an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, USA. He is also a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Louisville Institute, USA. His research on ecumenical questions has appeared in Horizons and The American Benedictine Review. 

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“This luminous use of insights from cognitive linguistics explains the Joint Declaration's counterintuitive conclusion that genuine consensus is possible without retracting the historical teachings of either Catholics or Lutherans. Rinderknecht provides a thick theoretical warrant for the widely accepted but insufficiently explained notion of ‘differentiated consensus.’ His approach promises a more satisfactory route to doctrinal reconciliation without capitulation than George Lindbeck's influential appeal to cultural linguistic understanding.” (Robert Masson, Marquette University, USA)

“By applying cognitive linguistics to theology, Rinderknecht is able to show how Catholics and Lutherans have developed their own cognitive blend on how holiness and sinfulness can go hand in hand in Christian anthropology. This is a must-read for every student and scholar in ecumenism. A most timely and welcome publication.” (Peter De Mey, KU Leuven, Belgium)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Problem of Ecclesial Disunion

    Rinderknecht, Jakob Karl

    Pages 1-8

  • Justification and Anthropology in the JDDJ

    Rinderknecht, Jakob Karl

    Pages 11-38

  • The Problem of Differentiated Consensus

    Rinderknecht, Jakob Karl

    Pages 39-52

  • What Is Ecumenical Consensus?

    Rinderknecht, Jakob Karl

    Pages 55-75

  • Consensus Despite Difference

    Rinderknecht, Jakob Karl

    Pages 77-98

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mapping the Differentiated Consensus of the Joint Declaration
Authors
Series Title
Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40099-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40099-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40098-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 281
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
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