L' Annuncio or The Trinity (Salvador Dali), 1960
L' Annuncio or The Trinity (Salvador Dali), 1960

Ecumenism XXI: Analysing The Global Threat (Part I)


There is no doubt that an inter-denominational and inter-religious dialogue is of great importance and has become more of a necessity in the modern conditions of strengthening economic and political integration of the international law subjects – be it national states or supranational commercial and public structures, often bearing their own cultural and religious peculiarities.

However, there should be no unnecessary raptures because the search for compromises, fraught with unnoticeable, torpid annihilation of the system-defining differences, and often overwhelming contradictions, is objectively destructive in its’ very nature for most participants of such a dialogue. In order to understand the aims of ecumenism as a modern phenomenon, it is necessary to carefully review its origins.

Various attempts to create a ‘worldwide religion’ are known to contemporary history, such as Scientology or the Bahá’í Faith, but to this day none of them were successful. Their global presence did not have any serious influence on distribution of powers on the so-called ‘religious board’. This largely happened due to the fact that, at their ideological cores, none of them possessed the stratum of passionarity necessary for solidification of any promising theory with a number of spiritual practices and its’ subsequent transformation into a religious cult. Naturally, being in that sense still-born, every single one of them at one stage or another were marginalised. This lead to the notion that implementation of global spiritual (and thus, ideological) domination by the means of creation of a ‘surrogate’ church was deemed impossible. This is exactly where ecumenism took the stage, whose seeds were diligently planted into the bomb-cratered earth right after the WWII, with the first of their young growth arriving by the end of the XX century.

Ecumenism, while craftily covering itself with good intentions (“The way of sinners is made plain with stones, but at the end thereof is the pit of hell.”, Ecclesiasticus – Sirach 21:10) and apparent peacemakers’ white clothing, bears existential threat to all of the religions and denominations that participate in this pseudo-dialogue, in exception of one – the beneficiary, whose primary aim lies in the mentioned absolute spiritual and ideological domination. Such domination assumes ‘voluntary’ acknowledgement of primogeniture, and hence supremacy of the beneficiary cult, implying rejection of own identity in exchange of rather abstract values. In my opinion, ecumenism doesn’t aim to find universal peace and unity – unfortunately, it’s like that. The diversity of religious cults conditions cultural diversification, while ecumenism, in medias res, is nothing more than a ‘crusade’ against competing cultures, striving for complete rejection of their identity, logically followed by refusal of the right to search for own truth and acceptance of ‘extraneous’ truth as the last resort.

There is no doubt that the role of the Vatican as corpus Christi is of uttermost importance in this question, nevertheless the role of organisations such as The World Council of Churches…

(To be continued in Part 2…)

About Dennis Temper

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