Catholics and Protestant evangelicals are today's two largest groups of Christians. Till now, dialogue between the two was usually reserved for the far right of each group against the mutual enemy of liberalism. In this important new book, centrist Catholics and centrist evangelicals come together for the first time to go beyond stereotypes and dividing issues and to explore areas of encounter and shared concerns.
Major theological issues are examined by such prominent thinkers as Avery Dulles, S.J.; Timothy George; Cecil Robeck, Jr.; Robert Wilken; Gerald Bray; David Bjork; and editor Thomas Rausch, S.J. These key writers give an overview of the history between Catholics and evangelicals, including stereotypes that must be overcome on either side and an honest summary of the relationship between the two. Also addressed are fundamental points of difference between the Catholic and the evangelical idea of salvation and the role of the church. Finally the collection looks at areas of mutual ministry.
Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of this book is that it truly humanizes each side. As such, it's must reading for church leaders, bishops, professional ecumenists, professors of church history, pastors, and members of evangelization teams. The book also brings a world of understanding to people in or affected by mixed marriages and to converts to either group.