The Church in Act: Lutheran Liturgical Theology in Ecumenical Conversation

The Church in Act: Lutheran Liturgical Theology in Ecumenical Conversation

by Maxwell E. Johnson

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The Church in Act explores the dynamics of ecclesial and liturgical theology, examining the body of Christ in action. Maxwell E. Johnson, one of the premier liturgical specialists in the field, provides in this volume historical and doctrinal thinking on a diversity of liturgical subjects under the umbrella of Lutheran liturgical theology and in ecumenical conversation. The topics under consideration range from baptismal spirituality to Eucharistic concerns, including real presence, pneumatology, and reservation; discussions on what constitutes liturgical normativity, the diverse hermeneutical approaches to the Revised Common Lectionary, and the place of Mary in ecumenical dialogue and culture (especially Latino-Hispanic); issues of full communion based on a liturgical reading of the Augsburg Confession VII; and specific questions related to liturgy and ecumenism today in light of recent translation changes in Roman Catholic practice. Together, the volume offers a robust account of the liturgical, sacramental, and spiritual practices of the church

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451496680
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maxwell E. Johnson is professor of liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame and a pastor in the ELCA. He is author, coauthor, and editor of over nineteen books, including The Apostolic Tradition (Hermeneia Series, 2002) and Praying and Believing in Early Christianity (2013). He is also a past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements xxi

1 Baptismal Spirituality in the Early Church and Its Implications for the Church Today 1

2 The Holy Spirit and Lutheran Liturgical-Sacramental Theology 33

3 The Real and Multiple Presences of Christ in Contemporary Lutheran Liturgical and Sacramental Praxis 67

4 Eucharistic Reservation and Lutheranism An Extension of Sunday Worship? 85

5 What Is Normative in Contemporary Lutheran Worship? Word and Sacrament as Nonnegotiable 113

6 Ordinary Time? The Time after Epiphany and Pentecost: Celebrating the Mystery of Christ in All Its Fullness 135

7 The Blessed Virgin Mary and Ecumenical Convergence in Doctrine, Doxology, and Devotion 163

8 The Virgin of Guadalupe in Ecumenical Context 195

9 Satis est: Ecumenical Catalyst or Narrow Reductionism? 221

10 Christian Worship and Ecumenism: What Shall We Do Now? 241

Conclusion 265

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