Category Archives: McCabe & Turner

Transubstantiation: Was Thomas Aquinas a Semi-Calvinist?

“The colour and shape of the host is not the colour and shape of Christ’s body,” declares Herbert McCabe; “the location of the host, its being on the altar does not mean that Christ’s body is located on the altar; … Continue reading

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Eschatological Transubstantiation

The oblations of bread and wine are placed on the altar. The celebrant offers the prayer of thanksgiving. The narrative of institution is recited. The Holy Spirit is invoked. The Holy Gifts are distributed, and to each communicant is spoken … Continue reading

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The Risen Christ, Body, and the Language of God

Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews therefore said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But … Continue reading

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Mysteries and Problems

“Mysteries can never be solved. The deeper you enter into a mystery, the deeper the mystery itself gets. Nor can you think your way out of a mystery, because to do so is to reduce the mystery to the standing … Continue reading

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Manuals and Rule Books

by Fr Herbert McCabe, O.P. Several commentators have found the most difficult teaching of the encyclical Veritatis Splendor to be its insistence that we can describe certain kinds of human acts which will be morally wrong whenever and however and … Continue reading

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Denys Turner on God and Atheism

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Open Theism, Eternity, and the Biblical God

Twenty some years ago I read the ground­breaking book The Openness of God—a collection of essays by evangelical theologians and philosophers who argue that the “biblical” God who does not foreknow the future. This understanding has since become known as “open theism.” … Continue reading

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