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Title: The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let us Keep the Feast
Author: Hunsinger, George
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521894869
Volumes: 1; Pages: 360
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The theology of the Eucharist has long been the subject of heated debate, particularly since the Reformation. George Hunsinger's book explores ways in which Christians might resolve their differences in this area. With the aim of fostering ecumenical convergence, he tackles three key issues dividing the churches about the Eucharist: real presence, Eucharistic sacrifice, and ordained ministry. Hunsinger, a Protestant theologian in the Reformed tradition, brings Eastern Orthodox views more systematically into the discussion than has been common in the West. He also discusses the social significance of the Eucharist. His detailed conclusion summarizes and clarifies the argument as a whole with an eye to explaining how the views proposed in the book could lead the churches, beginning with the Reformed church, closer to the day when obstacles to Eucharistic sharing are overcome.ContentsAcknowledgements; 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.