While there are persisting differences between Catholic and Protestant views of (1) what constitutes Scripture, (2) the level of exclusivity in authority of Scripture, and (3) what constitutes appropriate hermeneutic methodology, there are commonly held principles that provide bases for Christian unity and fertile ground for collaborative research and practical ministry. This paper briefly (1) examines both the differences and commonality in these three areas, (2) investigates the inherent potential within the commonalities for applied unity in practice, and (3) considers a text-based strategy for increasing the commonalities of understanding, and thus promoting a higher degree of like-mindedness and collaborative impact.

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