Friday, April 28, 2006

Reflection

Reflection:
The topic of eucharist is one that always interests me. However, I didn't really understand the title "Jesus as the Founder of a Cult". Even in reciting the Lord's prayer, some people consciously leave parts they aren't certain about out. Other than that I was interested in the chapter and could follow it as well as could be expected in this book. I disagreed with Eichorn's depiction that the Last Supper story was so influenced by the dogma and the cult that what really happened remains unclear. I don't think we really need to fully understand the accurate details. We know he broke the bread and blessed the wine and announced someone would betray him. The exact details of how Jesus went about this don't need to be clear. One thing that I found missing in this topic of the eucharist, despite the plentiful Pauline/Synoptic information, was the denominational part of the eucharist. While it might not have been a factor in that time, it would have been interesting to read on whether the denominational attributes of the eucharist existed during that time. For instance, only Catholics can take part in the eucharist at Mass, where the Methodists allow all denominations to take part.

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