Translated by Norman A. Hjelm
Jonas Jonson, who was directly involved with the ecumenical movement for forty years, offers in this book an inside perspective on an ever-changing global Christianity. Reviewing developments in ecumenism from the 1960s to the present, Jonson discusses the decolonization of mission, interreligious relations, "God's preferential option for the poor," and unity in diversity. He also maps the global ecumenical landscape and presents the "Fourth Church" — comprising charismatic, Pentecostal, and evangelical movements of the twentieth century.
How did the ecumenical movement respond to the fall of communism, the opening of China, and the globalization of financial markets? Why did so many big churches, caught in the whirlwind of change, retreat from their ecumenical commitments in order to promote and protect their own interests? Jonson addresses these questions and more in this comprehensive review of global Christianity and the ecumenical movement.
Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky
— Director of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations, Orthodox Church in America
"Jonas Jonson's Wounded Visions: Unity, Justice, and Peace in the World Church after 1968 is a thoughtful and vivid account of the ecumenical movement. In the context of a wounded humanity and wounded world it is appropriate that the Christian quest for unity, justice, and peace is the quest of 'wounded healers.' As a practicing Christian pastor and bishop, theologian and ecumenist, Jonson brings both sobriety and hope to his account. This book will inform and shape the thought and witness of those who continue the ecumenical pilgrimage in faithfulness to the 'wounded visions' of the gospel of Christ."
Anglican Theological Review
"Rich, integrative, informative, and heart-felt, with subtle autobiographical undertones, Wounded Visions is an engaging and illuminating read."
"An excellent work that should prove valuable to anyone interested in the work of the worldwide church — particularly as represented by the WCC — and concerned about the future of ecumenism and global Christianity."
"The book is very accessible and could be used in seminary classes on ecumenism, global Christianity, or church history, or in upper division undergraduate classes. Lay people interested in the ecumenical movement and the current landscape of global Christianity would also find it useful."
International Bulletin of Missionary Research
"This timely book reviews the historical development of the contemporary ecumenical movement and particularly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) from the 1960s to the present. . . . Jonson reviews the complexity of the whole ecumenical map and examines in what ways the vision and role of the WCC are changing."