Douglas Horton and the Ecumencial Impulse in American Religion

Now, when the ecumenical movement seems to be at low tide, there appears a scintillating biography of one of the premier 20th-century American ecumenists. In both status and leadership gifts Douglas Horton (1891-1968) was a prince of ecumenism. His passion and influence touched most of the expressions of “the ecumenical impulse,” which his biographer defines as “the historical movement toward catholicity and unity.” Horton’s ecumenical career, spanning more than 50 years, was multifaceted: he was a pastor, scholar, ecumenist, author, denominational head, international statesman and academic dean.


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