“This Is the Body Given for You”

Amy Nelson Burnett

in Karlstadt and the Origins of the Eucharistic Controversy

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753994
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894987 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

“This Is the Body Given for You”

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This chapter describes Andreas Karlstadt's understanding of the Lord's Supper as it was expressed in eight pamphlets published in 1524–1525. The earliest pamphlets reveal the influence of Ulrich Zwingli, Erasmus, and Cornelis Hoen on Karlstadt's thought, while the last four, written after Karlstadt's public break with Martin Luther, directly attack the latter's position. Karlstadt rejected Christ's corporeal presence in the elements, arguing instead that the Lord's Supper was only a remembrance and proposing a new interpretation of Christ's words, “this is my body,” to uphold that understanding. He also introduced several arguments based on other Scripture texts and on reason to oppose Christ's corporeal presence. Underlying his conflict with Luther was his spiritualist dualism, which led him to reject the ability of material things to convey any spiritual benefit.

Keywords: pamphlets; Lord's Supper; Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt; Martin Luther; Erasmus; Cornelis Hoen; Ulrich Zwingli; spiritualist dualism

Chapter.  11461 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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