The Eucharist Makes the Church


This is the second edition of the landmark study by Paul McPartlan comparing the ecclesiology of Cardinal Henri de Lubac and Metropolitan John Zizioulas. 478 pages.


For the first time, Henry de Lubac (Roman Catholic) and John Zizioulas (Greek Orthodox), two of the most important theologians of modern times, are brought together. In a rare spirit of true collaboration, they are seen as partners in a single theological enterprise. De Lubac’s insight that “the Eucharist makes the Church” and that the nature of the church is communion is, for both men, the means of a return to the Fathers of the undivided Church of the first millennium, and the key to an ecclesiology-which overcomes the exaggerated individualism of modern times. This original and wide-ranging study treats many of the deepest theological issues in modern ecumenism, including our understanding of the Trinity and the nature of primacy, in a vigorous and accessible fashion.

This is a book about two of the most important ideas in modern ecumenism as worked out by two of the most important theologians of recent times. – Edward Yarnold, S.J.

Paul McPartlan’s study makes a  very important contribution to ecumenical understanding, not by discussing the politics of inter-church relations, but by bringing together two of the most profoundly creative theologians of the century. -The Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

This learned, ecumenical study makes a major contribution towards understanding the eucharistic nature of the Church as communion. Father McPartlan is a rising star in the world of English speaking theology. – Gerald O’Collins, S.J.

Here is a striking study of eucharistic ecclesiology of communion in which old western debates about the precise scholastic definitions of presence and sacrifice are throughout marginal. – Henry Chadwick, The Tablet

The insights and theological developments in McPartlan’s analysis could open up many ecumenical doors and offer new perspectives on perplexing ecumenical points of division. It is a book which not only makes the reader think, but gives the reader a great deal which is worth thinking about. – TheEcumenical Review

[This] book provides an attractive ecumenical challenge and constitutes a  major resurrection of non-scholastic theology in the western context. – New Blackfriars

For the Second Edition: Dr Paul McPartlan’s outstanding work, The Eucharist Makes the Church, remains fully as important today as it was when first published. I know of no better introduction to  Orthodox ecclesiology or to the thought of Metropolitan  John Zizioulas. Easy to read, it is at the same time systematic and scholarly. -Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia

Rev Dr Paul McPartlan is the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Old SKU E33  ISBN: 1-892278-61-8


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Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × .5 in


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