Chapter 7, “The Sacrament of the Altar and the Lutheran Church Today” pp. 280-327
In this final chapter Sasse observes that through about 400 years since the Formula of Concord the Lutheran church has seen changes in views of communion. In recent years there has been a renewal of interest in communion. Though the dogmas have not changed, Sasse thinks they bear evaluation in light of further articulation of dogma in the various other church bodies. He also says, since there have been developments in biblical research, the question bears ongoing evaluation. Sasse gives several areas where questions could be asked, though he declines to answer.
This is among the best books I’ve read in the past year, not primarily due to content or writing style, but because of the depth of Sasse’s research. From beginning to end he shows a willingness to cite sources both supportive of and hostile to his point of view. He summarizes arguments and quotes sources frequently. Especially his work with the Marburg Colloquy shows his careful gathering of source material. This is research writing at its best.