The theology of John Zizioulas presents a beautiful vision of the church as Eucharistic communion, in which human persons both are gathered into Jesus Christ and are sent back into the world. In his previous books, Zizioulas focused on the way this communion is related to the communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which calls us to understand being as communion and provides the only foundation for otherness and identity.
With its sustained attention directly to the Eucharistic communion, The Eucharistic Communion and the World provides the context for those discussions. Zizioulas explores the biblical dimensions and eschatological foundation of the Eucharist, the celebration of the Eucharist by the church, and the ethos of the Eucharistic community. These essays are provocatively concrete and practical, showing once again that Zizioulas’ teaching on persons, communion, and otherness has radical implications for the life of the church and its relationship to the world.
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. . . Luke Ben Tallon, who has translated two of the eight chapters and written a helpful introduction, should be congratulated for editing such an engaging volume.
—Theological Book Review
The writings of Orthodox Metropolitan John Zizioulas on the Eucharist belong with the work of a number of theologians from various traditions who, over the past half-century, have been moving towards a convergent doctrine of the sacrament. Particularly gratifying is our author’s emphasis on the ecclesiological, eschatological, and cosmic dimensions of the celebration. It is to be hoped that the cumulative effect will be to bring the divided churches from what Zizioulas calls their mutual post-baptismal excommunication towards a ‘gathering in one place’ when they may enact their ecclesial reunion in a common Eucharist.
—Geoffrey Wainwright, Robert Earl Cushman Professor Emeritus of Christian Theology, Duke Divinity School
John Zizioulas is one of the most important ecumenical figures of contemporary Orthodox theology . . . While his writings have met with some criticism, he remains a very important theological voice in the ecumenical world and many still consider him one of the best interpreters of patristic theology of the Eucharist. So, it is a great delight to have this collection of essays edited by Luke Ben Tallon in The Eucharistic Communion and the World.
—The Anglican Theological Review
John D. Zizioulas, Metropolitan of Pergamon, was previously a professor of systematic theology at the University of Glasgow and visiting professor at King’s College in London. He is the author of Communion and Otherness, and has been a major Orthodox contributor to modern ecumenical discussion.