William C. Mills, Church, World, and Kingdom: The Eucharistic Foundation of Alexander Schmemann's Pastoral Theology

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William C. Mills, Church, World, and Kingdom: The Eucharistic Foundation of Alexander Schmemann's Pastoral Theology


Denysenko, Nicholas E., Journal of Ecumenical Studies


William C. Mills, Church, World, and Kingdom: The Eucharistic Foundation of Alexander Schmemann's Pastoral Theology. Chicago and Mundelein, IL: Hillenbrand Books (Liturgy Training Publications), 2012. Pp. 125. $18.00, paper.

The year 2008 marked the twenty-fifth year anniversary of Alexander Schmemann's death. Since then, the academy and church have seen a reinvigorated interest in the contributions of this famous Orthodox liturgical theologian. William Mills presents the latest assessment of Schmemann in his revised doctoral dissertation.

Mills's study is brief, but pithy, an essential read for anyone preparing for ministry. He offers an original reading of Schmemann's sacramental theology distinct from the extant literature analyzing Schmemann's legacy. Mills devotes most of his energy to articulating Schmemann's pastoral theology and its eucharistic foundations. First, he illuminates Schmemann's ecumenical background by illuminating his engagement with Catholic and Orthodox ressourcement theologians, such as Bouyer, Cullman, Botte, Kern, and Afanasiev. Then, Mills takes on the formidable task of introducing and describing the Byzantine rites of baptism, chrismation, ordination, and eucharist, then explains how Schmemann's exposition of these rites translates into pastoral theology. …

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