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AbstractAbstract Secular alternatives are not Religions in themselves, but they are presented as ideas or ideologies or lies to which man can commit himself so deepy &amp; unreservedly that they replace religion in him. A person can opt for one of the modern ideologies rather than a religious adherence to give him guidance in life. He will commit himself to such an ideology or with the same dedication &amp; personal commitment as is demanded of a religious believer. The term “ecumenical ” in theology today generally refers to the movement which seeks to achieve external unity among the world’s denominationally divined churches. The original meaning of the word (from oikeo: to dwell, inhabit; and oikos: house, household; oikoumene: the whole inhabited earth [Lk. 4: 5]) has lapsed into disuse, as did the later development of the sense of a common basic attitude or into disuse, as did the later development of the sense of a common basic attitude or doctrinal consensus by the “inhabitants ” of the surface of the earth or the members of the church. A more modern, comprehensive meaning has since been developed: “ecumenical ” means the entirety of the church, which, looking back to its common original traditional and looking forward to its hope, seeks a commonality in doctrine and in the life of faith. The ecumenical movement consists of those Churches which “together seek to know Christ.