The Eucharist's Biographer: The Liturgical Formation of Christian Identity

The Eucharist's Biographer: The Liturgical Formation of Christian Identity

by Albert J.D. Walsh

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Christians are not just called to be transformed into something "better" or even "good," but to be transfigured into a "new creation"--ceasing to be what they are in order to become what they are not. In The Eucharist's Biographer, Albert Walsh proposes that the path to this "distinctive Christian identity" is through the power of the Holy Spirit, as revealed in the unity of Word and Sacrament. With this premise, he unites two powerful traditions: the Proclamation of the Word of the Protestant tradition and the Power of God's Grace in the Eucharist of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. It is in what Walsh calls the eucharistic-evangel as a whole that the individual and community are subject to the "real presence" of the Christ, who, in the power of the Holy Spirit, is the force behind the transformation and maintenance of Christian identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621899099
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 140
File size: 871 KB

About the Author

Albert J. D. Walsh is pastor of Heidelberg United Church of Christ in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. His previous books include Reflections on Death and Grief: Pastoral Insights and United and Uniting: An Ecumenical Ecclesiology for a Church in Crisis, both published by Wipf and Stock.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 The Emmaus Narrative as Paradigm, Part 1 19

2 The Emmaus Narrative as Paradigm, Part 2 31

3 Anamnesis and "Real Presence" 46

4 Anamnesis and the "Open-Telling" of Redemptive History 65

5 Transformation and Maintenance of a Distinctive Christian Identity 76

6 The Contribution of John Williamson Nevin: The Mystical Presence 92

7 The Transformational Process and Summation 105

8 Final Comments and Personal Observations 110

Postscript 120

Bibliography 123

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