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The doctrine of transsubstantiaion, made a dogma at the fourth Lateran Council in 1215 (DH 802) and reiterated by the Council of Trent in 1551 (DH 1642), emerged from the debates over the symbolic interpretation of the Eucharist by Berengar of Tours. The doctrine is an effort to make the mystery of Christ’s true presence in the Eucharist comprehensible within the framework of an Aristotelian (Aristotle) conceptuality. It states that the substances of bread and wine are annihilated during the consecrati…

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Steiger, Johann Anselm, “Transsubstantiation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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