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Eucharistic Theology

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The interpretation of the Eucharist becomes fundamental to the approach taken in the consensus tigurinus. Calvin feared that a 'Zwinglian' understanding of the sacrament as a mere 'memory' of Christ's deeds on behalf leaves nothing but 'empty signs' in the Lord's supper. Indeed, Zwingli preferred expressions like fruits, effects and goods of Christ's work which become present in the Eucharist to expressions preferred by Calvin which speak of a 'personal' presence of Christ. The temporal connection between eating the bread and being nourished by the spirit is much looser. Like Zwingli, Vermigli explains the connection of the res and the signa in the sacrament with the term 'analogia'.

Keywords: Calvin; eucharistic; theology; tigurinus; Vermigli; Zwingli



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