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nounmass nounChristian Theology
The doctrine, especially in Lutheran belief, that the substance of the bread and wine coexists with the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist.Compare with transubstantiation
- ‘Transubstantiation versus consubstantiation is no longer an issue that we First Worlders consider worth the shedding of blood - a good thing for Jesus Christ's reputation and property values, too.’
- ‘In the case of Lutheranism, a doctrine of consubstantiation was as absurd as the mechanistic maneuvering of transubstantiation.’
- ‘Rhetorical analysis focuses on the role and nature of symbolic systems in enabling and constraining our means of identification and consubstantiation.’
- ‘Among much broader goals, they affirmed a form of consubstantiation - that the Eucharist remained physically bread and wine, while becoming spiritually the body and blood of Christ.’
- ‘It reminds me of an old religious controversy between transubstantiation and consubstantiation.’
Late 16th century: from modern Latin consubstantiatio(n-), from con- ‘together’, on the pattern of transubstantiatio(n-) ‘transubstantiation’.
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