Date of Thesis

2010

Thesis Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Religion

First Advisor

Paul Macdonald

Keywords

The Catholic sacrament of the Eucharist -The Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation -Faith seeking understanding

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to offer both an exposition and defense for the Catholic Church's traditional understanding of eucharistic transubstantiation. I hope to show how a belief in such a doctrine is in no way irrational nor is it indefensible; butinstead, the doctrine of transubstantiation makes sense when it is viewed in light of what Catholic Christians believe about who the human being is, what the human desires, and the special way in which God personally works in human history. The method I am following investigates how the doctrine of transubstantiation coheres with and follows the other beliefs that Catholics hold; that is, beginning with certain presuppositions, there is a certain rational progression to the Catholic understanding of real presence.

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