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Eucharist and Excommunication

A study in early Christian doctrine and discipline

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Kenneth Hein

This work, whose theme was prompted by the present-day question about «intercommunion», seeks objectively to investigate how early Christianity dealt with similar problems. The question is pursued from its roots in Judaism up to the time of Cyprian, who marks the end of a certain stage of development in the matter. The study is concerned mainly with the evolution of eucharistic excommunication.