When I’ve taught my course on “Christian History,” one of the many doctrines and practices we look at over almost 2,000 years of historic “mainstream” Christianity is the doctrine of the Lord’s Supper (also called at times the Eucharist or Holy Communion). Most of my students are surprised or even shocked when they learn that there are other “views” about what the Supper is about.
As I continue listening to back episodes of the Simply Put Podcast (which I have already praised on several occasions), I am reminded of many examples from Christianity’s history of such diversity in views. I am reproducing below the Simply Put Podcast episode on “Four Views of the Lord’s Supper” so you might understand these different views of the Supper better. I think Barry Cooper does an excellent job concisely describing the four major views. Would you rather listen to the podcast than read it? Then click here.