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Douglas Horton and the Ecumenical Impulse in American Religion

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$25.00 • £21.95 • €22.95

ISBN 9780674009653

Publication Date: 01/30/2003


304 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

2 halftones

Harvard Divinity School > Harvard Theological Studies


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A scintillating biography of one of the premier 20th-century American ecumenists. In both status and leadership gifts Douglas Horton (1891–1968) was a prince of ecumenism. His passion and influence touched most of the expressions of ‘the ecumenical impulse,’ which his biographer defines as ‘the historical movement toward catholicity and unity.’ Horton’s ecumenical career, spanning more than 50 years, was multifaceted: he was a pastor, scholar, ecumenist, author, denominational head, international statesman and academic dean… Ecumenical veterans and neophytes alike will find this book an essential read on the trials and joys of the modern ecumenical movement. Horton’s life illustrates that the journey toward the reconciliation and common mission of the people of God is only for the stout of heart and those who believe that unity is an undeniable gift of God. Such a vocation was possible for Horton because, as Trost says, ‘ecumenism remained for him the key to bringing into being the eschatological kingdom of God.’—Paul A. Crow, Jr., Christian Century

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