Book Reviews / International Journal of Public Th eology 3 (2009) 115–134 117 Julio de Santa Ana, Beyond Idealism: A Way Ahead for Ecumenical Social Ethics , eds Robin Gurney, Heidi Hadsell and Lewis Mudge (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006), pp. ix + 220, £13.99, ISBN 0-8028-3187-7 (pbk). Aptly named Beyond Idealism: A Way Ahead for Ecumenical Social Ethics is an explora- tion of ecumenical social and ethical thought, the pitfalls it has faced throughout the years and ways forward which show integrity to the diversity of belief which comprises ecumenism. Given the acknowledgement that ecumenical social ethics has the ten- dency to be idealistic, the book seeks to address the implications of this idealism and its eﬀ ects on theological thought and social practice. Th e book itself is a compilation of papers taken from the 1999–2005 Ecumenical Institute which was led by the Uruguayan ethicist and World Council of Churches leader Julio de Santa Ana. Seeking to ‘root social ethics in the now of history’, Beyond Idealism recognizes that there are a variety of diﬀ erent experiences, ‘diﬀ erent heres ’, from which Christian communities ‘try to give witness to their commitment to the gospel’ (p. xxiii
International Journal of Public Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
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