Transubstantiation: Maybe Dositheos Got It Right

Very Rev. Christiaan Kappes, S.L.D., Ph.L., Ph.D. on the doctrine of Transubstantiation

Eclectic Orthodoxy

by the Very Rev. Christiaan Kappes, S.L.D., Ph.L., Ph.D.

Just out of curiosity, I tried my search engine on googlebooks with the word “transubstan­tiation.” Number two in my search was a howler: The History of Popish Transubstantia­tion (1840). Again, number four of my search looked intriguing: Transubstantiation Unscrip­tural: Proved in Two Letters (1833). Firstly, 4 of 10 books on my first search-page were positive, while 6 of 10 were books by anti-Roman Western Christian authors. The most interesting was Ierugia: On Transubstantiation (1851), which directly cited and correctly referred to the testimony of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. As we will see, despite the state of scholarship until this last century, there was a sense that the fourth century really marked a scientific advance of the discussion of Eucharistic change. Continuing on my googlebooks choose-your-own-adventure, I finally stumbled across the first Eastern Orthodox book to enter into the fray: The Panoplia…

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