The next couple of weeks we will take a look at the topic of the Lord’s Supper. Ironically, the “one” “common” meal wherein Christ’s church gathers to celebrate her unity has served as a massive wedge throughout the history of the church. As we did with our treatment of the sacrament of baptism, we will begin by sketching the different theological traditions and positions articulated by Christians. There are essentially four historic positions: Transubstantiation, Consubstantiation, Symbolic Memorialism and the Reformed position.
Transubstantiation is the position articulated by the Roman Catholic Church, teaching that miraculously the bread and wine are changed into the actual body and blood of Christ. As the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent make it clear:
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