In fact, the irenic
institutions in which Ockenga and Graham were engaged received the same polemic as did the World and National Councils.
To many observers, the two statements appeared to be moving in opposite directions: Dabru Emet's authors sought an irenic
"thoughtful response" to "the efforts of Christians to honor Judaism," while the Vatican document, in its reaffirmation of basic Catholic beliefs and its call for spiritual obedience, employed such harsh terms as "gravely deficient" to describe non-Catholic religions.
Even within the book's generally irenic
and scholarly perspectives one finds in places just a hint of point-scoring, if not body-counting: affirmations that Catholics under Elizabeth suffered just as much as Protestants did under Mary, or that the modus operandi of the Elizabeth authorities can be profitably compared with that of the Spanish Inquisition.
With an excellent mind and an equally fine pen, Engelhardt demonstrates true patriotism to the America founding and to the larger humane and irenic
ideals of the West:
In pursuing that end, however, he can be less than irenic
, even caustic.
Even the unusually irenic
Schaff could speak of the Eastern Church as in a "state of putrefaction" presenting to the world "the spectacle of a praying corpse" (127).
And finally, the earlier Meccan suras of the Qur'an, delivered when Muhammad had little political or military power, offer a more irenic
version of Islam--and its key concepts, like jihad--than the later, more militant Medinan suras.
Here and elsewhere, Marpeck drew conclusions that contrast with the irenic
and tolerant image of Marpeck that Blough prefers.
Christoph Luthy attempts to explode the myth of the irenic
Republic of Letters of the early modern era, arguing that many figures of this supposed republic were divided by important confessional issues that they made important parts of a number of their works.
Now nearing the end of his epistle to a church he had yet to visit personally, the apostle in a more irenic
mood remembers in today's reading the words of the Master that the early tradition of the church had passed down in which Jesus is found quoting Torah: "Love your neighbor as yourself.
She demonstrates that the Devotions is not a polemical work but one that is generously irenic
without any particular denominational outlook: Donne breaks down or ignores church divisions, desiring that all Christians may be assured of a place in the heavenly communion of the saints.
1, Spring 2003: John Stark, "The Old Man of Crete" (5-19); Franco Masciandaro, "Melchiesedech's Novelletta of the Three Rings as Irenic
Play (Decameron I.