Mapping the Differentiated Consensus of the Joint Declaration

  • Jakob Karl¬†Rinderknecht

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jakob Karl Rinderknecht
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  3. The Joint Declaration: History & Critiques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jakob Karl Rinderknecht
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    3. Jakob Karl Rinderknecht
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  4. Consensus and Conceptual Mapping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
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    4. Jakob Karl Rinderknecht
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  5. Mapping the Differentiated Consensus in the JDDJ

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Jakob Karl Rinderknecht
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-281

About this book


This book uses the insights of cognitive linguistics to argue for the possibility of differentiated consensus between separated churches. The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, signed by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999, represents the high water mark of the twentieth-century ecumenical movement. It declares that the sixteenth-century condemnations related to justification do not condemn the teachings of the partner church. Some critics reject the agreement, arguing that a consensus that is differentiated is not actually a consensus. In this book, Jakob Karl Rinderknecht shows that mapping the "cognitive blends" that structure meaning can reveal underlying agreement within apparent theological contradictions. He traces Lutheran and Catholic positions on sin in the baptized, especially the Lutheran simul iustus et peccator and the Catholic insistence that concupiscence in the baptized is not sin. He demonstrates that the JDDJ reconciles these positions, and therefore that a truly differentiated consensus is possible.


Joint Declaration on the Declaration of Justification Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Vatican justification catholic ecumenical sin Differentiated Consensus Cognitive Mapping Cognitive Linguistics Lutheran Theology Roman Catholic Theology Concupiscence Simul Iustus et Peccator Ecumenism

Authors and affiliations

  • Jakob Karl¬†Rinderknecht
    • 1
  1. 1.San AntonioUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40098-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40099-0
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