About Unitas Fidei
Unitas Fidei: An Online Journal for World Christianity serves to facilitate dialogue for Christian leaders and thinkers from all over the world and from a spectrum of orthodox Christian traditions. The journal has three foci: World Missions, Ecumenics, and Theological Education.
From 2011 –2015, I (Jonathan Armstrong) conducted telephone interviews with 150 scholars and Christian leaders from 21 countries on the subject of the unity of the church. Through this process, I discovered (at least—for me it was a discovery!) that Christians from various theological traditions conceive of Christian unity very differently. It’s not just our doctrinal differences that separate us; in fact we conceive of Christian unity in a variety of ways, and our attempts to pursue Christian unity can therefore be misunderstood by Christians of other traditions. Unitas Fidei is meant to be a place where we can set to work understanding and pursuing the unity for which Jesus prayed in John 17.
Unitas Fidei is the Latin phrase for “the unity of the faith” and is found in Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians (4:13). In this context, the Apostle Paul writes that God has given teachers to the church “to equip the saints for the work of ministry… until we all attain to the unity of the faith” (ESV). We affirm with the Apostle Paul that Christian unity should be the ultimate goal of pastoral training in all its various forms.