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Pluralism and Sacrament: Eucharistic Possibility in a Post-ecclesial World

Brannon Hancock

in Literature and Theology

Volume 19, issue 3, pages 265-277
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online September 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/fri028
Pluralism and Sacrament: Eucharistic Possibility in a Post-ecclesial World

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In a post-ecclesial world, the innate human desire for communion is fulfilled in a plurality of ways. This essay explores the possibility of understanding participation in common narrative worlds (via literature, film) and in common suffering as constitutive of post-ecclesial eucharistic community. To acknowledge this correspondence is to recognise the eucharist as something universally and plurally present both in and outwith the Church. Therefore, recognising these communities as cultural incarnations of the body of Christ, I argue that the Christian Church has a necessary responsibility to engage lovingly and redemptively across the always-tenuous boundaries between the sacred and profane, between the Church and the World.

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