Guests of the Crucified

Ernst Käsemann

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/2013

Issue: Family (Vol. 33, No 1, Winter, 2013)

Who is included among the “family” welcomed at the Lord’s table, and what are the criteria for participation? More than thirty years ago, Ernst Käsemann responded to these questions in this provocative address, one that continues to be cited regularly in ecumenical conversations, especially in Europe. Particularly striking are the author’s assertions that “the Lord’s Supper is ecumenical or it is no longer the Lord’s Supper but a sectarian observance” and “those who do not tolerate among themselves all the guests of the Crucified no longer tolerate in their midst the Crucified himself.” The address has not previously appeared in English.

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