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Anabaptist Theologies of the Eucharist

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This chapter studies several sacramental experiments and tries to show the significance of Christology, pneumatology, and ecclesiology for the construction of theologies of the Lord's Supper in Anabaptism. These doctrines are held together most fruitfully in the writings of Pilgram Marpeck. The Anabaptists, in fact, gave the remembrance of the suffering and sacrifice of Christ, a heightened importance, because it was the foundation for their personal experience of regeneration: Christ had died for them, Christ lived in them. Anabaptists were not able to resolve in principle the vast question of the relationship between spirit and matter in the economy of salvation. However, in their experience of receiving and being the body of Christ, both theologians and ordinary Christians came to believe that Christ becomes tangible when bread and wine are shared and when those who have received their fill become bread and wine for the world.

Keywords: anabaptist theologies; eucharist; Pilgram Marpeck



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