For the first time in Turkish history, Orthodox, Catholic, Armenian, Syriac and Protestant Churches joined together in 2015 to publish a book of concise Christian doctrine. The formal launch of its English edition took place on February 3rd of 2018.
The 95-page book is entitled ‘Christianity: Fundamental Teachings’. With its 12 short but complete chapters, its aim is “To help every Christian in Turkey understand their own faith doctrines…held in common by all Christian Churches.” An important work in a country now over 80% Muslim.
It comes as the result of a joint commission to prepare basic texts to explain Christian beliefs. The work of the commission was encouraged by government officials, as a response to complains they had received at the beginning of the 2000s, stating that some school textbooks contained wrong information about non-Muslim religious beliefs.
In a major effort to overcome antagonisms and to walk together in the path to unity, theologians, pastors, religious teachers ,and catechists worked together for ten years, writing and revising again and again, until all the Turkey Church agreed on a final text in 2015.
“Through this book we declared to the whole world with a mighty voice that without hesitation, we see every Church and believer who approves of the fundamental principles and doctrines of faith in this book as fellow-heirs of salvation in Jesus Christ, considering them as our ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’”, said Armenian Bishop Masalyan, the keynote speaker at the English edition launch.
Now available in hardcopy through the Istanbul website of The Bible Society of Turkey, the English edition will also be released as an e-book.
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