That the Salt not Lose its Flavor. The Dilemmas of Contemporary Christian Witness Cover Image

Aby sól nie utraciła smaku. Dylematy współczesnego świadectwa chrześcijańskiego
That the Salt not Lose its Flavor. The Dilemmas of Contemporary Christian Witness

Author(s): Marcin Składanowski
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Ethics / Practical Philosophy
Published by: Kuria Metropolitalna Białostocka
Keywords: ecumenism; Christian witness; doctrinal dialog; Christian ethics;

Summary/Abstract: The text presents some difficulties of common Christian witness. This witness is an essential element of Christian faith. Without it, faith would be just a collection of religious truths or moral precepts, but it could not form the lives of people, nor mobilize them to change their own lives under the influence of encountering the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, common Christian witness is very difficult because of divisions among Christians themselves. The first difficulty is the visible division of Christianity: Churches and Communities, which fought against each other in the past. These religious conflicts had disastrous consequences for Christian witness, especially in missionary areas. Another difficulty to be mentioned are some serious differences in doctrinal and ethical teaching, which divide those preaching the same Gospel of Christ. The article proposes a reflection on these difficulties of witness and suggests some possible solutions. Firstly, a stronger ecumenical dialogue is needed to reconcile Christian denominations and especially to eliminate any activities that cast doubt on the authenticity of the faith of other Churches and Communities. Secondly, the single Churches and Communities need a critical reflection on their own dogmatic and ethical traditions in order to separate the parts of their teaching which are transient and limited. A strong Christian witness in this world is possible, even in the face of divisions, by which it is weakened, if Churches and Communities are able to critically examine their own teaching and practice.

  • Issue Year: 30/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 55-74
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish