Owen Cummings has written a timely book about men whose lives have made a substantive contribution to the understanding of the eucharist. These eucharistic doctors, who are t doctors in the formal sense of the term, are netheless doctors in the broad Christian tradition of, thinking about the eucharist. Spanning the time from the patristic period, through the medieval period to Reformation and post-Reformation era, to the modern era, this book is an accessible, popular introduction to the broad eucharistic tradition. However it contains eugh sufficient scholarly apparatus to permit readers to go further if they wish to. The doctors treated, including Hippolytus, Ambrose, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, and George Herbert, representing different geographical locations, time periods, languages, and Christian traditions, have this in common: they recognized the eucharist as central-- the very heart of Christian faith.
Owen F. Cummings is Regents' Professor of Theology at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Oregon, and a permanent deacon of the diocese of Salt Lake City. A Scotsman, he grew up in Glasgow. He was educated in theology at Trinity College, the University of Dublin, and the University of Glasgow. He has written several books and numerous articles on theological and church issues, including Deacons and the Church and Saintly Deacons (Paulist Press).