The following response needs to be at least 4 pages. Is there a way to appreciate and understand the Eucharist between transubstantiation and pure symbolism? What would be its theological basis?
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There are a variety of Eucharistic theologies that take positions between transubstantiation and the position that the Eucharist is merely symbolic. The exact differences between these perspectives can be rather specific, so it's helpful to begin by outlining what sets transubstantiation apart.
Transubstantiation holds that the real substance / essence of the bread and wine used in the Eucharist become, in reality, the body and blood of Christ. While the "accidents" of the elements (their taste, texture, chemical properties, etc.) remain unchanged.
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