Eucharistic Doctors: A Theological History

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Paulist Press, 2005 - Religion - 274 pages
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Owen Cummings has written a timely book about men whose lives have made a substantive contribution to the understanding of the eucharist. These "eucharistic doctors," who are not doctors in the formal sense of the term, are nonetheless doctors in the broad Christian tradition of, thinking about the eucharist. Spanning the time from the patristic period, through the medieval period to Reformation and post-Reformation era, to the modern era, this book is an accessible, popular introduction to the broad eucharistic tradition. However it contains enough sufficient scholarly apparatus to permit readers to go further if they wish to. The "doctors" treated, including Hippolytus, Ambrose, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, and George Herbert, representing different geographical locations, time periods, languages, and Christian traditions, have this in common: they recognized the eucharist as central--"the very heart of Christian faith.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ignatius of Antioch
7
Two Roman Theologians Justins and Hippolytus
19
The Syriac and Greek Churches Ephrem of Nisibis and Cyril of Jerusalem
38
East and West John Chrysostom of Constantinople and Ambrose of Milan
57
West and East Augustine of Hippo and Maximus the Confessor
72
Two Celtic Witness and John of St Victor and Cardinal Robert Pullen
97
Two Parisian Professors Hugh of St Victor and Cardinal Robert Pullen
109
The Classical Reformers Martine Luther Huldrych Zwingli and John Calvin
157
The English Reformation and the Eucharist Bishop John Fisher of Rochester and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury
173
George Herbert Cardinal Robert Bellarmine and Jeremy Taylor
195
John Wesley
215
Friedrich Schleiermacher and Johann Adam Mohler
229
Cardinal John Henry Newman and Edward Bouverie Pusey
241
The Eucharist in Our Times An Irish Catholic David N Power and an English Methodist Geoffrey Wainwring
254
Epilogue
268

Eucharist in Poetry and Prose St Thomas Aquinas
125
Two Oxford Scholars John Duns Scotus and John Wyclif
141

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Owen F. Cummings is Regents' Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, and a permanent deacon of the Catholic Church. He was educated at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Glasgow. The author of fifteen books and many articles in professional and popular journals, he has a special interest in contemporary systematic/liturgical theology.