Come, Let Us Eat Together: Sacraments and Christian Unity
As Christians, we are called to seek the unity of the one body of Christ. But when it comes to the sacraments, the church has often been-and remains-divided. What are we to do? Can we still gather together at the...
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As Christians, we are called to seek the unity of the one body of Christ. But when it comes to the sacraments, the church has often been-and remains-divided. What are we to do? Can we still gather together at the same table? Based on the lectures from the 2017 Wheaton Theology Conference, this volume brings together the reflections of Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox theologians, who jointly consider what it means to proclaim the unity of the body of Christ in light of the sacraments. Without avoiding or downplaying the genuine theological and sacramental differences that exist between Christian traditions, what emerges is a thoughtful consideration of what it means to live with the difficult, elusive command to be one as the Father and the Son are one.
George Kalantzis (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is associate professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His research and writing interests focus on the dynamic relationship between the written documents and their interpretation in early Christianity, paying particular attention to the development of Christological and Trinitarian thought, as well as the interplay of classical Greco-Roman and early Christian philosophical understandings of anthropology and biblical hermeneutics.
For the past ten years Kalantzis has taught seminary and doctoral students as they were preparing to engage the world and the Church. He and his wife share this goal and vision with their Chicago area congregation where they serve in missions, the worship arts programs, and in adult and children's education.
Marc Cortez (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is Assistant Professor of Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed.(T&T Clark) and Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies: An Exercise in Christological Anthropology and Its Significance for the Mind/Body Debate (T&T Clark).