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Doctrinal Authority in the Church
PAPERBACK; Published: 3/16/2010
ISBN: 978-0-8028-2598-8
186 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6x9
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In this book the Groupe des Dombes -- a widely respected yet unofficial dialogue of Reformed, Lutheran, and Catholic scholars from French-speaking Europe -- undertakes a comprehensive study of the complex issue of doctrinal authority in the church, including the role of Scripture, of confessional texts, and of decision-making bodies.

While a number of previous ecumenical dialogues have studied the question of authority with a particular focus on the ministry of the Bishop of Rome, the Groupe des Dombes lays out the complex constellation of questions at issue in the differing ethos of Protestant and Catholic traditions. Its challenge to the churches reflects the agenda of ecumenical dialogue for decades to come.

"Why have we chosen to examine a subject as difficult and sensitive as that of doctrinal authority in the church? Because to us it seems to be a central and sensitive point in the dialogue between the churches. The patient journey toward visible unity cannot move forward as long as this question has not been carefully thought through, for it underlies a number of other issues and will determine their possible resolution."
-- from the foreword

William G. Rusch
— Yale Divinity School
"Le Groupe des Dombes has contributed for decades to the search for doctrinal consensus among divided churches. This most recent publication takes up one of the most challenging ecumenical subjects and offers an impressive way forward. Anyone committed to the visible unity of the church will find this readable work indispensable and worthy of careful consideration."
Jeffrey Gros, FSC
— Memphis Theological Seminary
"This new text is an important contribution to the ongoing discussions among Protestant and Catholic scholars on the subject of authority in the modern world and within the Christian churches."
Thomas P. Rausch, S.J.
— Loyola Marymount University
"Among the causes of the loss of church unity in the sixteenth century were abuses of authority, and authority remains a central issue today in the dialogue between the churches. Thus Catherine Clifford's translation of the 2005 Groupe des Dombes document on doctrinal authority in the church is a welcome contribution to the ecumenical conversation. It continues the long call of this dialogue to move beyond peaceful coexistence to the conversion of Christians and their churches."