A Baptist ecumenical theologian, Steven R. Harmon is the author of Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press, 2016), Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (Cascade Books, 2010), Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision (Paternoster/Wipf & Stock, 2006), and Every Knee Should Bow: Biblical Rationales for Universal Salvation in Early Christian Thought (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), along with numerous chapters contributed to other books, journal articles, reviews, and general readership publications. He has represented the Baptist World Alliance in international ecumenical dialogues with the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, in pre-conversations with representatives of the Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate, and as a member of the plenary Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. Dr. Harmon is Visiting Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, USA and previously served on the faculties of Samford University's Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama (2008-2010) and Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina (1998-2008), as Visiting Professor at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina (2007), and as Adjunct Professor of Ecumenical Theology at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina (2012).
. . . at once profound and straightforward, deeply reflected yet
highly accessible, theologically rich yet directly practical . . .
a source of wisdom to be absorbed into the life-blood of each of
our widely differing communities for their mutual enrichment . . .
a superbly inviting and practical manifestation of what has come to
be referred to as Receptive Ecumenism.
--Paul D. Murray
Durham University, UK
Whether you are passionate about, disappointed by, or
indifferent to the church: if you love God, you need this book.
Harmon shows you why mutual tolerance is not the unity that Jesus
desired for his Body, and he gives you the tools to start knitting
back together the broken pieces of the church-so the world might
believe. This little book should be the marching orders for every
--Sarah Hinlicky Wilson
Institute for Ecumenical Research, Strasbourg, France Few books on the ecumenical movement are as readable, and I would wager none has as appealing a soundtrack. Harmon invites us to strive for the hope of fuller visible unity with sisters and brothers in Christ, not by ignoring denominational differences, but by acknowledging what divides us while refusing to settle for division. The 'Ten Things You Can Do for the Unity of the Church' list alone is worth the price of the book.
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