Mapping The Differentiated Consensus Of The Joint Declaration by Jakob Karl RinderknechtMapping The Differentiated Consensus Of The Joint Declaration by Jakob Karl Rinderknecht

Mapping The Differentiated Consensus Of The Joint Declaration

byJakob Karl Rinderknecht

Hardcover | October 17, 2016

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 This book uses the insights of cognitive linguistics to argue for the possibility of differentiated consensus between separated churches. The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, signed by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999, represents the high water mark of the twentieth-century ecumenical movement. It declares that the sixteenth-century condemnations related to justification do not condemn the teachings of the partner church. Some critics reject the agreement, arguing that a consensus that is differentiated is not actually a consensus. 

In this book, Jakob Karl Rinderknecht shows that mapping the "cognitive blends" that structure meaning can reveal underlying agreement within apparent theological contradictions. He traces Lutheran and Catholic positions on sin in the baptized, especially the Lutheransimul iustus et peccatorand the Catholic insistence that concupiscence in the baptized is not sin. He demonstrates that the JDDJ reconciles these positions, and therefore that a truly differentiated consensus is possible. 

 Jakob Karl Rinderknecht is Director of the Pastoral Institute and an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, USA. He is also a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Louisville Institute, USA. His research on ecumenical questions has appeared inHorizonsandThe American Benedictine Review. 
Title:Mapping The Differentiated Consensus Of The Joint DeclarationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:281 pagesPublished:October 17, 2016Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319400983

ISBN - 13:9783319400983


Table of Contents

Introduction. The Problem Of Ecclesial Disunion

Part I. The Joint Declaration:  History & Critiques
1. Justification And Anthropology In The Jddj            
2. The Problem Of Differentiated Consensus               
Part II. Consensus And Conceptual Mapping
3. What Is Ecumenical Consensus?   
4. Consensus Despite Difference          
5. Cognitive Linguistics And Consensus           
6. Cognitive Linguistics And Theology 
Part III. Mapping The Differentiated Consensus In The Jddj
7. Mapping The Catholic Blend:  Trent & Concupiscence   
8. The Catholic Blend Sin And The Jddj
9. Mapping The Lutheran Blend: Simul Iustus Et Peccator 
10. The Lutheran Blend Sin And The Jddj                
Conclusion. Differentiated Consensus In The Jddj             

Editorial Reviews

"This luminous use of insights from cognitive linguistics explains the Joint Declaration's counterintuitive conclusion that genuine consensus is possible without retracting the historical teachings of either Catholics or Lutherans. Rinderknecht provides a thick theoretical warrant for the widely accepted but insufficiently explained notion of 'differentiated consensus.' His approach promises a more satisfactory route to doctrinal reconciliation without capitulation than George Lindbeck's influential appeal to cultural linguistic understanding." (Robert Masson, Marquette University, USA)"By applying cognitive linguistics to theology, Rinderknecht is able to show how Catholics and Lutherans have developed their own cognitive blend on how holiness and sinfulness can go hand in hand in Christian anthropology. This is a must-read for every student and scholar in ecumenism. A most timely and welcome publication." (Peter De Mey, KU Leuven, Belgium)