John and Donald Baillie: transatlantic theology

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What happens at the Lord's Supper? Twentieth-century theologies emphasize the human actions at the Eucharist and sometimes neglect what Christ does there According to Murken, if our sacramental doing is recognized for what it is--an action of receiving--then it can be emphasized as an action with consequences--both in history and beyond. &la" Active receiving conforms to key New Testament passages and to Luther's teachings on justification and Holy Communion. Bonhoeffer's analysis of confessing the faith illumines the nature of active receiving. Murken intersects his proposal with twelve others, in hopes of ecumenical agreement. &la" An argument as fresh as it is thorough for a long ignored but crucial aspect of the theology of the Lord's Supper. In a very convincing way, this book shows how engaging a particular tradition--as present in Luther and Bonhoeffer--in conversation with the key voices of contemporary eucharistic theology results in surprising ecumenical implications. This is an important contribution to Luther and Bonboeffer studies, but more importantly a significant step toward an ecumenical theology of the Lord's Supper. (Reinhard Huetter, Professor of Theological Studies, Duke University Divinity School)

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John Baillie Transatlantic Vision 19191934

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