(irenic theol.). Theol. which tries to arrive at Christian peace. Irenics presupposes polemics,* which in its true character should have no other aim than irenics. The bond of peace, Eph 4:3, embraces all Christians, and speaking the truth in love, Eph 4:15, deserves to be emphasized at all times. But he who truly seeks ecclesiastical peace well-pleasing to God will find himself compelled to engage in controversy. True irenics does not exclude polemics, but is another way of gaining the same end. The danger of polemics lies in the direction of separatism and magnification of unessential differences; irenic efforts are prone to degenerate into syncretism and unionism; love of revealed truth guards against both dangers.
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