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The rationale behind the doctrine, which is known as transubstantiation, employs categories of substance and accident, which have their origin in the philosophy of Aristotle. According to the Church, the underlying substances of bread and wine are replaced by the body and blood of Christ while the external appearances of bread and wine remain. A scientific analysis of the consecrated host and wine would only detect these external appearances.

So, is he a proponent of substance dualism, then? I suppose we need a preliminary discourse as to why spiritual substances isn't just something somebody made up, which I'm sure would require legions of sophisticated theologians.

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