Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Canterbury Cousins: The Eucharist in Contemporary Anglican Theology

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Canterbury Cousins: The Eucharist in Contemporary Anglican Theology

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Canterbury Cousins: The Eucharist in Contemporary Anglican Theology. By Owen F. Cummings. Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 2007. vi + 174pp. $22.95 (paper).

Owen Cummings is a Roman Catholic deacon and Regents Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon. He is a prolific author and has written an appreciative work on the theology of John Macquarrie. Here he has produced an indispensable guide to Anglican eucharistic theology in the twentieth century. The book fills a real gap in Anglican theology by putting in one volume a treatment of a full range of Anglican authors from England and North America, starting with Charles Gore and finishing up with Graham Ward and Catherine Pickstock of Radical Orthodoxy fame. Along the way he treats in turn William Spens, Oliver Chase Quick, Dom Gregory Dix, E. L. Mascall, Norman Pittenger, Donald Mackinnon, David Ford, Kenneth Stevenson, and Rowan Williams.

Cummings provides a separate chapter on Evangelical eucharistic theology, documenting the developing ecumenical sacramental thinking taking place among Anglican Evangelicals as scholars from this wing of the church take up liturgical studies in a serious way. Along with this treatment is the very helpful suggestion by Cummings that Roman Catholic theologians must include Anglican Evangelicals as well as Anglo-Catholics in ecumenical discussions in order to encounter the true breadth of Anglican sacramental thought. There is also a chapter on the ARCIC documents on the Eucharist and a chapter charting the way for continuing the conversation.

I was especially happy to see in print a summary and treatment of the thought of William Spens. …

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