Between the State and the Eucharist
Free Church Theology in Conversation with William T. Cavanaugh
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"There are indeed significant differences between the ecclesial situation in Scandinavia and in the United States as there are differences between a Free Church ecclesiology, a Lutheran State Church ecclesiology, and a Roman Catholic ecclesiology. All the more reason then to undertake a critical engagement across these boundaries for mutual enlightenment. Between the State and the Eucharist accomplishes this task beautifully when some of the most constructive contemporary Scandinavian theologians encounter the American Catholic theologian William T. Cavanaugh. Important reading for anyone not content with how the church stands in modernity but hoping for a more visionary Christianity, both here and there."
--Ola Sigurdson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Centre for Culture and Health, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
"This important collection of essays provides an in-depth analysis of the relationships between modernity, the secular state, the state church, and non-state churches in Sweden. The results are provocative, placing in stark relief both the Christian contribution to the modern nation-state and the resulting debate over competing forms of belonging and identity. The challenge is to cultivate richer analyses of Christian practices, like Eucharist, by placing on the broader foundation of Christian tradition, the identity of the 'communio sanctorum' through time."
--Dale M. Coulter, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, VA
"While the passing of state-established churches is reason to celebrate, Christians are facing new challenges as they inhabit cultures that have been inoculated by weakened strains of state-supported religion. With the future of a post-Christendom era now all but certain, Christians must learn anew to practice the faith without privilege. This remarkable collection of essays explores how the Free Churches in Sweden might help the whole church learn anew that the mission of the church is simply to be the church."
--Curtis W. Freeman, Research Professor of Theology, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC