A re-membering sign : the Eucharist and ecclesial unity in Baptist ecclesiologies.

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dc.contributor.advisor Harvey, Barry, 1954- Bullard, Scott W.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of Religion. en 2009-12
dc.description.abstract This dissertation argues for the Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist, as a vital basis of the church’s unity as the body of Christ. It focuses especially on the theology of James Wm. McClendon, Jr., who, though a member of a largely non-sacramental (“free church”) tradition, nonetheless insists upon Christ’s presence in the Eucharist and that through the Eucharist God “re-members” the church as the body of Christ. While the study lauds McClendon’s foresight and direction, it also argues that he ultimately shies away from a sacramental understanding of the Supper and that he skims over the unitive function of the Eucharist. Added to the discussion, then, are two voices from outside the free church tradition: Henri de Lubac, a Catholic, and Robert Jenson, a Lutheran. Together with McClendon, these twentieth century figures and their theologies have had an enormous impact on contemporary discussions about ecclesial unity. In a final chapter, therefore, the study illustrates how they have influenced a number of contemporary Baptists dubbed the “new Baptist sacramentalists,” a younger group of Baptist theologians who offer a fresh approach to the ongoing puzzle of the church’s disunity through the Eucharist. en
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dc.subject Eucharist. en
dc.subject Lord's Supper. en
dc.subject Ecclesiology. en
dc.subject Sacraments. en
dc.subject Unity. en
dc.subject Sacramental Theology. en
dc.title A re-membering sign : the Eucharist and ecclesial unity in Baptist ecclesiologies. en
dc.type Thesis en Ph.D. en
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dc.contributor.department Religion. en

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