Calvin and the Mystery of the Eucharist

By Tim Butler | Posted at 1:54 AM

In his Commentary on 1 Corinthians, while commenting on 11.24, Calvin pushes back against all those who would seek to explain the inner workings of the Lord's Supper:

“In the meantime, however, drive away gross imaginations, which would keep thee from looking beyond the bread. […]” These few things will satisfy those that are sound and modest. As for the curious, I would have them look somewhere else for the means of satisfying their appetite.

Though Calvin does briefly discuss his own view of the Supper in this work, clearly he puts a great deal of emphasis on the need not to explain too much.


Re: Calvin and the Mystery of the Eucharist

JK, not at all. He denies a variety of doctrines on the basis quoted above, but in this he almost sounds like Kalistos Ware or some other Orthodox theologian.

Posted by Tim Butler - Apr 06, 2012 | 10:39 AM

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