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Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger

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Both Zwingli and Bullinger were adamant that there could be no corporeal presence of Christ in the bread and the wine and that the sacrament could not convey grace, they both argued that the Lord's Supper had significant communal and commemorative roles in the life of the church, and that Christ was present spiritually in the bread and the wine. In his later writings, Zwingli was willing to admit that this spiritual presence could augment faith, something that Bullinger agreed with and expanded upon in his writings. Moreover, this new Reformed theology of the Eucharist did not develop out of any simple desire to reject or rebel against Catholic and Lutheran sacramental theology, but out of Zwingli's and Bullinger's profound contemplation of the differences between body and spirit, the nature of God's powers, and the relationship between God and humanity.

Keywords: eucharist; Heinrich Bullinger; Huldrych Zwingli; Lutheran sacramental theology



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