Evangelicals and Catholics Together at Twenty

Vital Statements on Contested Topics

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Founded by Charles Colson and Richard John Neuhaus in 1994, Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) has fostered a fruitful conversation on the meaning of the gospel in today's world. Over the course of twenty years, ECT has issued nine statements addressing contemporary topics. This one-volume guide, the first collection of the ECT statements, explores the key accomplishments of this groundbreaking, ongoing dialogue. Introductions and notes provide context and discuss history and future prospects. The book also includes prefaces by J. I. Packer and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a foreword by George Weigel, and an epilogue by R. R. Reno and Kevin J. Vanhoozer.

Preface by J. I. Packer
Preface by Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Foreword by George Weigel
A Theological Introduction by Timothy George and Thomas G. Guarino
1. Unity
Introduction by Timothy George
Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium (1994)
2. Justification
Introduction by Thomas C. Oden
The Gift of Salvation (1997)
3. Scripture
Introduction by Thomas G. Guarino
Your Word Is Truth (2002)
4. Saints
Introduction by Robert Louis Wilken
The Communion of Saints (2003)
5. Holiness
Introduction by Cheryl Bridges Johns
The Call to Holiness (2005)
6. Pro-Life
Introduction by R. R. Reno
That They May Have Life (2006)
7. Mary
Introduction by Dale M. Coulter
Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christian Faith and Life (2009)
8. Freedom
Introduction by George Weigel
In Defense of Religious Freedom (2012)
9. Marriage
Introduction by Timothy George and Thomas G. Guarino
The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage (2015)
Epilogue by R. R. Reno and Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Appendix: Signers of the Documents


"These statements and their accompanying essays deserve a wide and attentive readership because of both the pertinence of their concerns and the sophistication of their theological argument. This volume reflects ecumenical writing done at a superior level."

Lawrence S. Cunningham, University of Notre Dame

"Evangelicals and Catholics Together continues to make a very positive contribution to Christian theology, moral action, and ecumenical integrity. While its independent, noninstitutional, and ad hoc way of working is distinctly American, the fruits of its labors offer a great, ongoing gift to the entire Christian world."

Mark A. Noll, coauthor of Is the Reformation Over?

"It is wonderful to have these ecumenically rich and theologically substantive statements gathered into a single volume, which is further enhanced by helpful and insightful introductions to each of the nine statements as well as a general introduction and epilogue that set the context and foster ongoing discernment. This unique witness to faith-filled dialogue not only enlightens but also inspires and emboldens. Such witness takes on even greater urgency in a contemporary culture increasingly adrift."

Fr. Robert Imbelli, associate professor emeritus, Boston College

The Authors

  1. Timothy George

    Timothy George

    Timothy George (ThD, Harvard University) is founding dean and professor of divinity, history, and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Theology of the...

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  2. Thomas G. Guarino

    Thomas G. Guarino

    Thomas G. Guarino (STD, Catholic University of America) is professor of systematic theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He is the author of several books, including Vattimo and Theology and Foundations of Systematic...

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"The nine documents collected in this volume are joined by comments on each, plus an excellent introduction by the editors to the volume as a whole. The result is an informative, provocative, and heartening book that will serve the interests of Catholics and evangelicals, left, center, and right; it will be useful in undergraduate classrooms and doctoral seminars and will open the eyes of even professional theologians and ecumenists. It deserves the close attention of historians of American religion and belongs on the shelves of libraries that profess interest in the American cultural scene."

William M. Shea,

American Catholic Studies