Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Eucharist: A Guide for the Perplexed

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Eucharist: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Eucharist: A Guide for the Perplexed By Ralph McMichael. New York: T & T Clark International, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-5670-3229-4. viii and 164 pages. Paper. $24.95.

McMichael's study is an odd fit as a "guide for the perplexed." The publisher describes the series as "concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers, and subjects that students and writers can find especially challenging" (back cover). In the introduction, McMichael explicitly states that this is not a compendium of different views or a rehearsal of standard arguments, but rather "a corn-panion to several other studies of every facet of the history, liturgy, practice, and theology of the Eucharist" (6). Half of the book consists of McMichael's proposal that the Eucharist is the church's defining activity and point of view for its rheology.

The first chapter covers the historical development of Eucharistic texts. Chapter Two focuses on Christ's presence. Chapter Three covers sacrifice. Chapter Four argues that the Eucharist is the proper work of the church. Chapter Five follows piece by piece the Roman-Book of Common Prayer liturgy, meditating on how each part informs Christian life. …

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