The Lord's Supper: Five Views

Overview

Lord's Supper. Eucharist. Communion. Sacrament. Ordinance.

While it's the meal that should unite us as followers of Christ, it sometimes appears we can't even agree on what to call it, let alone how we might share a common theological view of its significance. Even if we cannot reach full agreement, how can we better understand one another and this central observance of the Christian faith?

Gordon Smith has invited five representatives of ...

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Overview

Lord's Supper. Eucharist. Communion. Sacrament. Ordinance.

While it's the meal that should unite us as followers of Christ, it sometimes appears we can't even agree on what to call it, let alone how we might share a common theological view of its significance. Even if we cannot reach full agreement, how can we better understand one another and this central observance of the Christian faith?

Gordon Smith has invited five representatives of differing views within Christian tradition. Each holds his or her views with conviction and makes the case for that tradition. Each responds to the other views with charity, highlighting significant areas of agreement and disagreement.

The views and contributors include

The Roman Catholic View--Brother Jeffrey Gros, F.S.C., Professor of Church History, Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, TennesseeThe Lutheran View--John R. Stephenson, Professor of Historical Theology, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catherines, OntarioThe Reformed View--Leanne Van Dyk, Academic Dean and Professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MichiganThe Baptist View--Roger E. Olson, Professor of Theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Waco, TexasThe Pentecostal View--Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Professor of Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

Here's a book that offers more light than heat on an important topic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830828845
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Series: Spectrum Multiview Book Series
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon T. Smith is president and professor of systematic and spiritual theology at Ambrose University College and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. He is the author of many books, including Courage and Calling: Maximizing Your God-Given Potential and The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit.

Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity (both InterVarsity Press) and The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology (Westminster John Knox).

He is also coauthor of 20th-Century Theology: God & the World in a Transitional Age and Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (both with Stanley J. Grenz, InterVarsity Press), and of The Trinity (with Christopher A. Hall, Eerdmans).

Veli-Matti Karkkainen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has published numerous articles in international journals of theology. His books include Pneumatology (Baker), Christology (Baker), Toward a Pneumatological Theology (UPA), An Introduction to Ecclesiology (InterVarsity Press), Trinity and Religious Pluralism (Ashgate), The Doctrine of God (Baker) and One with God (Liturgical Press).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Roman Catholic View
Brother Jeffrey Gros, F.S.C.
A Lutheran Response
A Reformed Response
A Baptist Response
A Pentecostal Response
2 The Lutheran View
John R. Stephenson
A Roman Catholic Response
A Reformed Response
A Baptist Response
A Pentecostal Response
3 The Reformed View
Leanne Van Dyk
A Roman Catholic Response
A Lutheran Response
A Baptist Response
A Pentecostal Response
4 The Baptist View
Roger E. Olson
A Roman Catholic Response
A Lutheran Response
A Reformed Response
A Pentecostal Response
5 The Pentecostal View
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
A Roman Catholic Response
A Lutheran Response
A Reformed Response
A Baptist Response
Conclusion
For Further Reading
Indexes
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