Relationships go awry when people stop talking. That’s as true in marriage as it is among Christians in general. Lutheran theologian George Lindbeck was a delegated observer at the Second Vatican Council. It prompted him to make a life’s work of the Lutheran-Catholic conversation. He viewed doctrines as “rules of grammar” rather than unscalable walls. He saw justice, peace, and the environment best served when Christians work together. The fundamental disease of our times, Lindbeck advised, is the weakening of natural allies. As Saint Paul might say: Let’s not be partisans, let’s be church!
“To you . . . with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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