A Modest Proposal
Article first published online: 9 JUN 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals and Dialog, Inc.
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 134–137, June 2014
How to Cite
Oldenburg, M. (2014), A Modest Proposal. Dialog, 53: 134–137. doi: 10.1111/dial.12103
- Issue published online: 9 JUN 2014
- Article first published online: 9 JUN 2014
- Lord's Supper—Lutheran;
- Use of the Means of Grace;
The language of “consecration” to describe what the presider does at Holy Communion seems to have many more drawbacks than advantages. Based on a misunderstanding of the Institution Narratives, it nurtures an understanding of the Sacrament centered on the presider and the elements, while marginalizing the assembly. It leads to the unthinking adoption of practices with significant theological hazards. In every way, “presiding” is to be preferred.