This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.


← Interview: Richard Dawkins Celebrates Reason, Ridicules Faith

mmurray's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by mmurray

Comment 1 by dansam :

Remember that the transmogrification of the wafer and wine (as I understand it) means that it LITERALLY turns into Jesus's body & wine (not symbolically).

This is not quite right. The official mumbo-jumbo is slightly more complicated than this. It is real and not real it seems:

In Roman Catholic theology, transubstantiation (in Latin, transsubstantiatio, in Greek μετουσίωσις metousiosis) is the doctrine that, in the Eucharist, the substance of wheat bread and grape wine changes into the substance of the Body and the Blood of Jesus,[1] while all that is accessible to the senses (the appearances - species in Latin) remains as before.[2][3][4]

Catholics are aware that the appearance of the bread and wine has not changed. They just try to get around this by arguing that the appearance if not the reality.


Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:01:56 UTC | #930723