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LeibnizProtestant Theologian$
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Irena Backus

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199891849

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199891849.001.0001

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Transubstantiation and the Problem of Real Presence

Transubstantiation and the Problem of Real Presence

(p.9) 1 Transubstantiation and the Problem of Real Presence

Irena Backus

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 argues that Leibniz’s concept of substance underwent a change in the 1680s that allowed him, in his negotiations with the Catholic Church, to argue not for transubstantiation but for the Lutheran doctrine of consubstantiation in the sense of Christ’s body and blood being present along with or under the elements. The question that arises here is whether it suited Leibniz to subtly incline his Roman Catholic partners toward the Lutheran notion of real presence. This was probably the case so that Leibniz’s final aim in the Lutheran–Catholic dialogue was to propose a doctrine of real presence that was somewhere in between the two confessional positions.

Keywords:   Roman Catholicism, consubstantiation, substance, transubstantiation

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