This course will be co-taught by David Deane and Daniel Driver.
It is a painful irony that the Eucharist, once the form and instrument of Christian unity, has become a point at which Christian division and brokenness is most visible. Why is this so? Can the Eucharist once again serve as an engine and sign of Christian unity? And, if so, how? This course provides a space in which students can ask these questions and begin to shape responses. It does so by offering an account of the problem’s history and scope, and a set of biblical and theological resources for the engagement of Eucharist theology in an ecumenical setting.
The course has three distinct sections. First, we will explore the Eucharist through the lens of scripture. Second, we will offer an engagement with some key voices in Christian tradition. Finally, in the third section of the course, we will facilitate an ecumenical conversation about the role of the eucharist in the life of the Church. This conversation will be informed by the scriptural and traditional lenses we have engaged in sections one and two.
In addition to standard options for AST students, there are Continuing Education options for enrollment in this course.
Required Texts (Winter 2019)*
- George Hunsinger. The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let Us Keep the Feast. Current Issues in Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- Order it in Canada or the USA. ISBN 978-0521719179.
- Brant Pitre. Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper. New York: Doubleday, 2011.
- Order it in Canada or the USA. ISBN 978-0385531849.
* Please note that textbook selections for my courses often change with each iteration of the course.
Recommended Texts (Optional)
- Making Sense
- Margot Northey, Bradford A. Anderson, and Joel N. Lohr. Making Sense in Religious Studies: A Student’s Guide to Research and Writing. 3rd ed. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2019.
- This title is optional but strongly recommended. It includes basic advice on things like reading religious texts, writing essays and book reviews, making oral presentations, and learning languages. It should help you master fundamental tasks in nearly any course in religion or theology.
- Order it in Canada or the USA (2nd ed). ISBN 978-0199026838.
- The SBL Handbook of Style, 2nd Edition, is the definitive style manual for biblical studies and related disciplines.
- A blog (sblhs2.com) and free Student Supplement (PDF) should cover the issues most common to term papers. The AST library copy is in the reference section at PN 147 S26 2014.
- Serious students of biblical studies will want a copy of their own. Order one from SBL Press or elsewhere in Canada or the USA. ISBN 978-1589839649.
- See my resources page for further advice on writing, style, and research.
- Louis Bouyer. Eucharist: Theology and Spirituality of the Eucharistic Prayer. Translated by Charles Underhill Quinn. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1989.
- Order it in Canada or the USA. ISBN 978-0268004989.
- Alexander Schmemann. The Eucharist: Sacrament of the Kingdom. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1988.
- Order it in Canada or the USA. ISBN 978-0881410181.
- John D. Zizioulas. The Eucharistic Communion and the World. Edited by Luke Ben Tallon. London: T&T Clark, 2011.
- Order it in Canada or the USA. ISBN 978-0567326607.