Anglican eucharistic theology varies between the different philosophical assumptions of realism and nominalism. Whereas realism links the signs of the Eucharist with what they signify in a real way, nominalism sees these signs as reminders only of past and completed transaction. This book begins by discussing the multifomity of the philosophical assumptions underlying Anglican eucharistic theology and goes on to present extensive case study material which exemplify these different assumptions from the Reformation to the Nineteenth century. By examining the multiformity of philosophical assumptions this book avoids the hermeneutic idealism of particular church parties and looks instead at the Anglican eucharistic tradition in a more critical manner.
Brian E. Douglas, Ph.D. (2006) in Theology and Education, University of Newcastle, Australia, is an Anglican priest and Lecturer in Theology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has published widely on Anglican eucharistic theology.
"This remarkable enterprise may be of greatest value in the panoramic analysis of case studies and it thus offers a reference work of some enduring value."
Bishop Stephen Platten,
Journal of Anglican Studies
All those interested in the Anglican tradition of Christianity, especially its eucharistic theology. The book would more specifically interest theologians, theological students and interested lay people.