At the invitation of Associated Baptist Press, I've written an opinion column reflecting on the conclusion of the 2006-2010 series of conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Here's a snippet from the beginning of the article:
(ABP) -- Updating my Facebook status about being in England last week to participate in the final of current international theological conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity prompted a friend to respond: "What's the big goal?"
A lot of Baptists probably share the question. Some may be intrigued that theologians from such seemingly opposite Christian communities would spend a total of five weeks over a five-year period in sustained dialogue with one another. What do they talk about? What are they trying to accomplish, and how?
Others may be suspicious. Are the Catholic theologians trying to convince Baptists to embrace Catholic teachings? Are the Baptist theologians faithfully representing the Baptist beliefs and practices held dear by the global Baptist community? Are the representatives of both communions pursuing a unity that compromises convictions?
Read the full article at abpnews.com.