Tuesday, February 05, 2013


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article gives a good explanation of Calvin's position which, as we have previously discussed, is much more nuanced than the typical Protestant symbolic/memorial view. As the author points out, Calvin had a higher view of the Eucharist than Baptists or modern Evangelicals. Although I consider him a revolutionary, Calvin still took so much of a Catholic world for granted that he could never go down as far as the Anabaptists did in this and other matters. Like Luther, he tried to level out or stop at a certain point. But he rejected the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation and therefore scorned eucharistic adoration as worshipping "the wafer god."

I'm halfway through an interesting book (actually two books in one) recently translated into English about the French heretic Berengarius of Tours who lived almost 500 years before Calvin. His views on the Eucharist were similar to Calvin's. Like Calvin, he also selectively quoted the Fathers in his defense. Two medieval Church leaders take him on. They also lay the groundwork for the term transubstantiation (which summarized the Church's traditional belief) and the Church council which condemned Berengarius who for a while recanted. It's a very good defense of the Catholic doctrine/practice of eucharistic adoration, which seems to be a big stumbling block for Calvin and most Protestants . "One that presents a fascinating vision of the Eucharist as a continuation of Christ's Easter appearances." http://www.amazon.com/Lanfranc-Canterbury-Body-Blood-Lord/dp/0813216788/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1367946942&sr=1-3&keywords=the+fathers+of+the+church+medieval+continuation

David M.,
traditional Catholic

5/07/2013 1:23 PM  

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