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The Eucharist and Ecumenism


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Acknowledgements; Introduction: ecumenical theology; Part I. Real Presence: 1. The bread that we break: controversies; 2. The iron in the fire: a proposal; Part II. Eucharistic Sacrifice: 3. The sacrifice we offer: controversies; 4. Christ our Passover: a proposal; Part III. Eucharist and Ministry: 5. Eucharistic ministry: controversies; 6. Eucharistic ministry: an impending impasse?; Part IV. Eucharist and Social Ethics: 7. The Eucharistic transformation of culture; 8. Nicene Christianity, the Eucharist and peace; Conclusion: let us keep the feast; Index.

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In this book, George Hunsinger explores how churches might overcome key theological obstacles to Eucharistic sharing.

About the Author

George Hunsinger is Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is author of Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth (2000) and How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology (1991).


'This volume is an ambitious project which makes a major contribution to theological and ecumenical exploration of the eucharistic tradition.' Worship
'Hunsinger is amazing ... Not only is he a top-knotch theologian who finds significant common ground between the Reformed, Roman Catholics, and Eastern Orthodoxy, but he also manages to argue for women's and gay ordination in a logical and level-headed way. ... he is a model for peaceful discussion ...' Books, Catholicity, Sacraments, Theology
'... sympathetically explored ... fascinating ...' Church Times
'So thank God for George Hunsinger. He refuses to let past polemics die. In this elegantly written and well-argued book he addresses each of the areas of contention with clarity and generosity in the hope that we can rediscover the unity that is ours.' Christian History
'... comprehensive in its coverage and challenging in its conclusions.' Journal of Theological Studies
'The Eucharist and Ecumenism is an ambitious project, the product of a deeply eirenical mind with a capacity for detail and attention to the positions of others. It reflects the author's conviction that visible - that is, structural - unity of the Church is its Lord's will for it, and therefore worth working for, in spite of contemporary discouragement. To read it has been a reminder of the riches of the whole Christian tradition, and a challenge to the comforts of denominationalism into which we so easily slip.' Search
'... this extensive treatment of the topic, by the Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton, is a work of incisive scholarship based on extensive knowledge of the literature, and reveals an irenic attitude along with the ability to formulate possibilities of convergence which, if accepted by the churches, would create an ecumenical theology of the Eucharist.' One in Christ

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