The Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies
Ed. Geoffrey Wainwright and Paul McPartlan
Oxford University Press, 2021, xvii + 686pp., hbk
First and foremost, this book is a tribute to both editors. It is a magnificent achievement and was completed in difficult circumstances. It was the vision of Geoffrey Wainwright, a doyen in ecclesial and ecumenical studies, and he worked tirelessly on it throughout his final illness; he died in March 2020. Paul McPartlan then heroically completed the task, no easy matter in a book to which fifty theologians contributed. The book is divided into six sections: History, Traditions, Achievements and Issues, Instruments, the Global Scene, Debate and Prospects. The contributors include leaders in their own fields from across the churches and sadly some – including Ralph Del Colle, Günther Gassman, and Harding Meyer – died before the book was finally published.