Anamnesis As Dangerous Memory

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Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory explores the political theology of Johann Baptist Metz to discover how Christian memory is prophetic both in its revelation of extraordinary circumstances of injustice and the challenge and hope it poses to those who join in solidarity with the oppressed. Liturgical theologian Alexander Schmemann then elaborates how the liturgy reveals the kingdom of God and empowers believers to witness to it. The meeting of these theologies results in a rich eschatology, a life shaped y the vision of a future that fulfills the promises of the past.
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. . . the results of [Morrill's] work should be widely read, being of great ecumenical importance and showing forth the practical importance and cross-disciplinary character of responsible theology in these late-modern times.
Gordon Lathrop, Schieren Professor of Liturgy, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

In a bold, creative move, Bruce Morrill brings political theology and Orthodoxy into a challenging and constructive engagement. He has persuasively argued that the Church's eucharistic liturgy, where the remembrance of the one victim is shown to be the prayerful remembrance of all victims, is a sacramental expression of Christian solidarity and the graced impulse to Christian praxis. The book represents a remarkable contribution both to liturgical theology and to fundamental theology.
William Reiser, S.J., Holy Cross College

Morrill has a provocative way with words, and a parish liturgy director or social justice committee member would find that the book opens new horizons, and provides new vocabulary, for their mutual dialogue. It is a mark of good writing to keep a book of such scholarship accessible to a wider audience.
Theology Today

Morrill's probing summary and analysis makes this a stimulating work. Liturgical theologians will find themselves appropriately stretched by Metz's challenges and reminded of Schmemann's (often trenchant) critiques; systematic theologians will find this a congenial way to enter into the craft of probing the church's lex orandi as a prime theological source . . . fascinating, challenging and stimulating.

In this well-written and engaging work, Morrill concludes that the Eucharist as a recovery of the Jewish covenant provides the normative understanding of genuine Christian memory.
Theological Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814661833
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce T. Morrill, SJ, holds the Edward A. Malloy Chair of Catholic Studies in the divinity school at Vanderbilt University where he is also Professor of Theological Studies. In addition to numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, he has published several books, most recently Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: The Paschal Mystery in People, Word, and Sacrament (Paulist Press, 2012). His most recent book with liturgical Press is Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death (Pueblo/Liturgical Press, 2009).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 The Promise and Challenges in the Renewal of the Eucharistic Liturgy 1
The Council's Vision for the Liturgy in the Church 1
Evaluating Post-Conciliar Liturgical Practice 5
An Invitation to Theological Investigation 16
Chapter 2 Johann Baptist Metz's Political Theology of the Subject 19
Introduction 19
Theological Critique of Middle-Class Religion 21
From Evolutionary World View to Dangerous Memory 26
The Christology of Imitation 34
Mysticism I Apocalyptic Eschatology 40
Mysticism II Prayer 50
Mysticism III Symbols and Sacramental Ritual 57
Conclusion: Points for Dialogue with Liturgical Theology 62
Chapter 3 Alexander Schmemann's Liturgical Theology: Joyous, Thankful Remembrance of the Kingdom of God 73
Introduction 73
The Contemporary Christian Crisis 77
Christian Liturgy: Its Basis, Content, and Function 87
The Liturgy of Time: Time Made "Eschatologically Transparent" 92
The Interruption and Intensification of Time 100
Eschatological Symbolism: Remembrance of the Kingdom of God 108
The Transformative Vision of Joy 115
Christian Mission in the World: But What Mission? 122
Chapter 4 Christian Memory: Anamnesis of Christ Jesus 139
Introduction 139
Memory at the Center of the Practice of Faith 139
Memory at the Origins of Christianity 146
Christian Memory in the New Testament 146
Commemoration in Jewish Tradition 149
Practices of Remembering in the Apostolic Communities 155
Eucharistic Anamnesis 163
Priority Among the Church's Commemorative Practices 163
Analysis of the Anamnesis Rubric in the New Testament 166
Time of the Church: Christ's Presence in Remembrance 180
Conclusion: Proclamation and Imitation 186
Chapter 5 Conclusion 189
Practical Knowledge Borne by an Anticipatory Memory 189
Anamnesis and Eschatology 194
Anamnesis as Promise 194
Maranatha! 197
Urgent Expectation 198
Future Judgement, Present Transformation 201
Theological Implications in Liturgical Practice 205
Index of Names 213
Index of Subjects 216
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