Frequently during our short existence we have had occasion to pinpoint the more unsatisfactory features in the modern ecumenical movement. There has been no desire to be critical merely for the sake of a negative obstructionism. But it has seemed impossible that a genuine or fruitful unity could be achieved on the basis of the vague goodwill, the amorphous theology, the unthinking expansiveness, the evasion of real problems and the ecclesiastical maneuvering which have so often appeared to be the characteristics of ecumenical speech and action. The criticism of the movement has been in the name and for the sake of a true but solidly grounded ecumenicity which must surely be the desire of every real disciple of our one Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
With particular interest and some anticipation we view certain more recent developments in ecumenical affairs, particularly in relation to the work of the commissions of Faith and Order on theological and liturgical matters. Pursuing the basic theme enunciated at Lund, the commission on the interrelationship of Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Church is especially significant in view of the nature of the subject, the general biblical and theological nature of the approach, and the radical effects which must necessarily follow for the whole movement if real conclusions are both reached and applied.
The point is that work of this nature constitutes a summons to the movement to think out its basis and nature at the deepest level. If the summons is accepted, a good deal of what passes for ecumenism will be sifted and some painful readjustments of thinking, speech and action will inevitably be demanded. At the same time, however, the movement will be offered a solid grounding in Jesus ...1
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