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Förverkligad katolicitet: Max Thurians syn på vägar till Kyrkans enhet
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Realised Catholicity : Max Thurian’s Understanding of Ways Towards the Unity of the Church (English)
Abstract [en]

Realised Catholicity. Max Thurian’s Understanding of Ways Towards the Unity of the Church.This is a study of the strategies used by Max Thurian (1921–1996) in order to overcomethe division between the Reformed Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. Thurian wasborn in Switzerland, he was ordained a reformed pastor in Geneva 1946 and he became oneof the founders of the well-known ecumenical community in Taizé. He was involved in theEcumenical movement in a number of ways; as a co-worker in the World Council of Churchesand in the Group of Les Dombes. He was invited together with Roger Schütz (the priorof the Community of Taizé) to be an ecumenical observer at the Second Vatican Council. In1987 he became a Roman Catholic, but remained a brother of the Community of Taizé andcontinued to be concerned with the quest for Christian unity.The present dissertation studies how Thurian in his many books and articles seeks to findways to unity between the Reformed Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. Thurian’stexts are analysed from the perspective that in order to unite, the divided churches must beable to mutually recognise catholicity in their respective churches. The dissertation demonstratesthat there is interplay between two strategies used by Thurian in order to bring aboutthis mutual recognition. The first strategy termed Applied Catholicity proving that catholicityis already at hand in the divided churches, while the second termed Created Catholicity aims atbringing about reforms that facilitates a recognition that was not possible Before. The textsby Thurian that are studied are his texts on Eucharist, Baptism, Ministry, The Ministry of theBishop of Rome, and Mariology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2014. , 282 p.
, Bibliotheca Theologiae Practicae, 94
Keyword [en]
Max Thurian, Taizé, Groupes des Dombes, World Council of Churches, Second Vatican Council, Ecumenism, The Reformed Churches, Roman Catholic Church, Eucharist, Baptism, Ministry, The Ministry of the Bishop of Rome, Mariology, Catholicity, Catholic Practices, Realised Catholicity, Applied Catholicity, Created Catholicity, Recognised Catholicity, Catholic Unity
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232505ISBN: 978–91-7580-706-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232505DiVA: diva2:748487
Public defence
2014-10-17, Ihresalen, Campus Engelska Parken, Uppsala, 14:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-09-23 Created: 2014-09-19 Last updated: 2014-10-03

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