Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology.By Gordon W. Lanthrop. Fortress, 236 pp. Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology. By Gordon W. Lanthrop. Fortress, 246 pp.
Though the World Council of Churches' consensus document Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry is a work of enormous significance, it may strike one as bland. Gordon Lathrop, a Lutheran theologian, presents much the same material in two books (the first published in 1993) that are lively, provocative and challenging.