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Praedicatio identica
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For Luther the problem of praedicatio identica was a central issue in understanding the Eucharist (III, 1.a). A praedicatio identica de diversis naturis would mean that two different essential predicates not linked by implication (Logic), such as “bread” and “body of Christ,” would be predicated of the same thing, so that both would be the same and there would be an identity of bread and body. This praedicatio identica appears to be suggested by the words “This is my body” accompanying the display of the bread, but that would be incorrect. On the one hand, the word this, as i…

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Mühling, Markus, “Praedicatio identica”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024657>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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