Willem A. Visser't Hooft
a theologian for Europe between ecumenism and federalism
preface by Hans Küng
Présentation en anglais
Willem Visser't Hooft (1900-1985), Dutch pastor and theologian, was one of the most
significant personnalities in the Protestant Ecumenical movement. Deeply influenced
by Karl Barth, and filled with a strong Ecumenical spirit, he was closely involved in the
founding of the World Council of Churches, of which he was elected General Secretary.
During the Second World War, many Protestants became convinced of the need for an
international political system which, beside uniting the nations and peoples of Europe,
would guarantee them fundamental freedoms and mutual respect for their historical,
cultural and confessional traditions.
The directors of the WWC were strongly committed to federalism, partly because of
the political traditions of the states from which their member churches originated
(Switzerland; Great Britain and its Commonwealth; the United States), and partly
because of their conviction that a simple confederation of states, based on the model of
the League of Nations, would be completely incapable of containing national ambitions.
In spring 1944, Visser't Hooft welcomed into his Geneva home the representatives
of the European Resistance, who, under the leadership of Altiero Spinelli and Emesto
Rossi, signed the International Federalist Declaration of the Resistance Movements.
These historic transnational encounters, aimed not only at coordinating military action
or seeking diplomatic contacts but at exploring ways to "build" peace and re-establish
the future of the Continent on new foundations, marked a profound break with the past.
Recueil d'études consacrées au pasteur et théologien néerlandais W. Visser't Hooft (1900-1985) et au rôle qu'il a joué dans l'entre-deux-guerres et au cours de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. A travers cette figure de l'oecuménisme protestant est abordé l'engagement des administrateurs du Conseil oecuménique des Eglises (CME) en faveur du fédéralisme européen. ©Electre 2021
Format : Broché
Nb de pages : 342 pages
Poids : 465 g
Dimensions : 15cm X 22cm
Date de parution : 31/12/1985
ISBN : 978-2-87574-219-3
EAN : 9782875742193