Eucharistic Presence : A Study in the Theology of Disclosure


In this insightful, interdisciplinary study, Robert Sokolowski uses the methods of phenomenology to examine Christian religious beliefs, particularly the sacrament of the Eucharist. In so doing, he comes to terms with many theological and cultural issues raised by modernity. Although the Eucharist is the center of focus, other issues in Christian faith are also examined, such as the Christian understanding of God, Creation, the Incarnation, Redemption, and biblical Revelation. Sokolowski employs a method that he calls "the theology of disclosures, " which studies the structures of appearance and should be distinguished from both positive and scholastic theology. He takes appearances as objective disclosures, not as mere psychological events. When discussing the Eucharist, he shows how it uses the form of quotation and how it draws on various temporal dimensions of human existence as it reenacts the sacrifice of Christ before the eternal Father. The author also considers how Christian belief differs from other forms of religion and from modern atheism. By demonstrating how the Christian understanding of God differs from other ways of understanding the divine, he attempts to show that Christianity is not simply one religion among many but the truth of religion. These deeper themes are explored as necessary contexts for the Eucharist, which could not be properly understood except against the background of the Christian understanding of God as eternal and as Creator and Redeemer. The author provides a comprehensive theological treatment of major issues in Christian faith and does so with categories that are appropriate to our present intellectual and cultural world. This study, which drawsupon the work of many classical and contemporary theologians, especially Hans Urs von Balthasar, makes an important contribution to speculative theology and Eucharistic studies. It will be of great use to theologians and philosophers, as well as to students of Christian philosophy


Robert Sokolowski
Paperback | 248 pages
141.48 x 215.65 x 18.8mm | 358.34g
Publication date
30 Jan 1995
The Catholic University of America Press
Publication City/Country
Washington, United States
Edition Statement
Revised ed.
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