What is the Eucharist? This direct question would seem to yield an equally direct answer. However, as soon as we begin to answer it, we encounter an array of responses layered with various complexities. The answer is shaped by who answers, for example a roman catholic, an Anglican, or a Baptist. Perhaps, even the name ‘Eucharist’ would be contested. Answers to this question would reflect not only confessional differences but also the spectrum of theological and liturgical perspectives across Christianity. In this book, Ralph McMichael analyses these complexities/perplexities raised by asking these questions.
McMichael's summary is a helpful review and a formative argument that will be beneficial for pastors, educators, and students. The book is replete with observations that are theological gems... It is a worthwhile addition to one's theological library.
—Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology
There is much to be said for this book... It provides the sort of introduction to eucharist structures and families which a student of the subject will find helpful.'
As the Eucharist recovers its place as the central act of worship in many churches, the need for a guide both to its history and meaning becomes more and more urgent. McMichael's Guide for the Perplexed answers that need. With great skill and clarity, we are led through a consideration of the various ways in which the Eucharist has been perceived and explicated in times past. At the same time, we are treated to a profound meditation upon the Eucharist as gift which constitutes the life of the church, a gift which grounds us in the present, points us toward the future and invites us to live eucharistically for the sake of the world.
—Rev. Frank T. Griswold
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Ralph N. McMichael, Jr. is Canon Theologian and Dean of the Episcopal School for Ministry in the (Episcopal) Diocese of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is also co-editor of a two-volume work on Anglican Systematic Theology (SCM, 2007).