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Centripetal and Centrifugal: Mapping Theological Understandings of Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist

Brown, Gavin (2012) Centripetal and Centrifugal: Mapping Theological Understandings of Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist. Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, 46 (Winter). pp. 26-32. ISSN 0819-4602

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Abstract

This paper sets out a schema for understanding different theological approaches to a central doctrine within the Roman Catholic Church: the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The paper argues that theological discourse on this topic has followed either a "centripetal" or a "centrifugal" trajectory, with the latter now dominating post-Vatican II sacramental theology. It is hoped that this paper makes some sense of the often complex and varied approaches which theologians have taken in elucidating this notion.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Real Presence; Eucharist; Centripetal; Centrifugal; Body of Christ
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr Gavin Brown
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 00:31
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 04:07
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1181

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