images (1) Recently a friend asked for a simple, not-too-academic, listing of some primary books on ecumenism that I have found helpful. My answer is below. Forgive me for putting my own books at the top of this list but I do believe they are important for serious interest in this discussion and my name just happened to come first alphabetically. When I was in school I hated being called on first but sometimes it has had its advantages.

I have put an asterisk by the seven books that I recommend most if you are interested in a shorter reading list. By far the Rex Koivisto volume is the best evangelical work on the subject.

Bibliography of Ecumenism


*Armstrong, John H.; Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ’s Mission is Vital to the Future of the Church (2010)

*Armstrong, John H.; The Unity Factor: One Lord, One Church, One Mission (2011).

Boardman, George Dana; The Church: The Divine Ideal (reprint, 2008)

*Braaten, Carl E. and Robert W. Jenson; The Catholicity of the Reformation (1996)

Braaten, Carl E.; Mother Church (1998)

Bromiley, G.W. ; The Unity & Diversity of the Church (1958)

German National Bishops’ Conference and Daniel R. Smith; Communio Sanctorium: Official German Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue (1999)

Fournier, Keith; A House United? (1994)

George, Timothy and John Woodbridge; The Mark of Jesus (2005)

*Harmon, Stephen R.; Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (2010)

*Kasper, Walter; That They All May Be One: The Call to Unity Today (2004)

Kasper, Walter; Searching for Christian Unity (2007)

Kasper, Walter; A Handbook of Spiritual Ecumenism (2007)

*Koivisto, Rex; One Lord, One Faith (reprint/revised, 2010)

Lowery, Mark; Ecumenism: Striving for Unity Amidst Diversity (1985)

Meyer, Harding; That All May Be One: Perceptions and Models of Ecumenicity (1999)

Schreiter, Robert J.; The New Catholicity (1997)

Seitz, Christopher R.; Nicene Christianity: The Future for a New Ecumenism (2004)

*Van Beek, Huibert; Revisioning Christian Unity (reprint, 2009)

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  1. John Metz September 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for this list. Several titles look helpful (we have a few in the library) and I will try to get some of the others. Is the title of Bromiley’s book “Unity & Diversity…” or “Unity & Disunity…”?
    When will your latest be out?

  2. AdamR September 20, 2011 at 12:01 am

    John, is your 2011 book available yet? I’m looking forward to it. Your Church is Too Small made a profound impact on me. Loved it all. I also appreciated The Catholicity of the Reformation very much, and Nicene Christianity I’ve been eyeing for a while. The book that really started me on the path of missional-ecumenism was John Frame’s Evangelical Reunion.

  3. John H. Armstrong September 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

    My new book should be available sometime in October.

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