Transubstantiation, essentialism, and substance
Toner (Patrick)
Source: Religious Studies (2011) 47, 217-231
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  1. According to the Eucharistic doctrine of Transubstantiation, when the priest consecrates the bread and wine, the whole substance of the bread and wine are converted into the body and blood of Christ. The 'accidents' of the bread and wine, however, remain present on the altar.
  2. This doctrine leads to a clutch of metaphysical problems, some of which are particularly troubling for essentialists. In this paper, I discuss some of these problems, which have recently been pressed by Brian Ellis and Justin Broackes. I argue that defenders of Transubstantiation have satisfactory replies.

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