Corpus Christi: Essays on the Church and the Eucharist

Corpus Christi: Essays on the Church and the Eucharist

Corpus Christi: Essays on the Church and the Eucharist

Corpus Christi: Essays on the Church and the Eucharist

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Some, though not all, of the essays which comprise this book have appeared during the last few years as articles in various theological journals. In revising them for publication in more permanent form I have not attempted to impose upon them more unity of theme than they naturally possess or to remove all traces of repetition. Nevertheless, it will, I think, be found that, while in no way constituting a systematic treatise on Eucharistic theology, they are in fact dominated by one over-arching conception, the conception of the Church as a reality of the sacramental order, the Mystical Body of Christ, preserved and nourished by the Sacrament of the Lord's Body and Blood. This is a theme which I have indeed previously discussed at some length in an earlier book entitled Christ, the Christian and the Church, and, apart from a few minor points which will be sufficiently obvious to readers of the present volume, I do not think that there is much in that book which I should wish to recant. There is, however, a good deal in it which needs development and expansion, and I am more conscious than I was when I wrote that book of the extent to which the traditional Anglican formulations of Eucharistic doctrine need examination for undiscarded relics of late mediaevalism. I do not, of course, wish to suggest that everything which can be shown to be mediaeval is thereby shown also to be bad, and I am impressed by the extent to which developments in . . .

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