Re-membering the Body: The Lord’s Supper and Ecclesial Unity by Scott W. Bullard PDF

By Scott W. Bullard

for hundreds of years, Baptists have looked the Eucharist, or Lord's Supper, as "merely symbolic" instead of as sacramental. traditionally conversing, Baptists have additionally participated within the perform of the Supper much less usually than different Christian teams, all of the whereas accommodation court cases a couple of loss of ecclesial team spirit. based on those traits, this ebook argues for a sacramental knowing of the Eucharist and specializes in the best way the Eucharist conveys grace by way of drawing the church jointly because the physique of Christ. It focuses in particular at the theology of James Wm. McClendon Jr., who was once Baptist yet still illustrated that in the course of the Eucharist God "re-members" the church because the physique of Christ. including Lutheran theologian Robert Jenson and Catholic theologian Cardinal Henri de Lubac, McClendon's paintings has had an incredible effect on modern unfastened church discussions in regards to the Supper and ecclesial team spirit. In a last bankruptcy, for this reason, the examine examines a few modern Baptists dubbed the "new Baptist sacramentalists." those women and men are prompted by way of McClendon, Jenson, and de Lubac, and so they provide a clean method of the continued puzzle of the church's disunity in the course of the Eucharist.

"Bullard's clean imagining of the way unfastened church observances of the Lord's Supper are skill in which God makes the church visibly one invitations his readers to 'go extra' at the eucharistic course towards the ecumenical destiny than the Baptist tradition's so much artistic systematician can have estimated attainable, but in methods totally in step with the tradition's designated insights . . . a must-read for a person who dares dream the achievement of Christ's prayer for the cohesion of his church."
--Steven R. Harmon
Gardner-Webb college tuition of Divinity

"This booklet recounts and appropriates severe theological mirrored image between a few Baptist theologians geared toward retrieving a sacramental figuring out in their culture and of the Christian lifestyles. Scott Bullard's specialize in the Eucharist and Christian team spirit provides to this dialogue in an important approach. A publication to be welcomed, learn, and applied!"
--Timothy George
Beeson Divinity institution of Samford University

Scott W. Bullard is vice chairman and educational dean at Judson collage in Marion, Alabama.

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