In the newest Davenant Digest, Bradford Littlejohn debunks two key myths that have grown up around this debate. First, at stake was not primarily the question of whether the body of Christ was present in the Eucharist—which both Lutherans and Reformed acknowledged in their own ways—but whether bread and wine were present in the Eucharist, which Catholic doctrine denied. Second, the Reformers did not so much charge Rome with relying too much on Aristotle and "vain philosophy" in their doctrine, but rather, with paying too little attention to the truths of philosophy and the role of natural reason in interpreting Scripture. Above all, Protestant eucharistic doctrine sought to recover the central Christian truth that (in the words of Calvin), "As long as Christ remains outside of us and separated from us, whatever he has suffered and done for the salvation of the human race remains useless and of no value for us."
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Many Protestants today have not merely lost touch with their church’s past, but feel that it has lost touch with them.
With Davenant Digests we seek to bring the church’s past into clear focus for Christians today, and use it to shed light on the challenges of the church's present. Written in a clear, lively, and down-to-earth style, these short introductions aim to answer questions that ordinary Christians have, in terms that ordinary Christians will want to read.
April 2018: Worldview (Brad Littlejohn)
May 2018: Christendom (Joe Minich)
June 2018: Justification (Chris Castaldo)
July 2018: English Reformation, Pt. I (Brad Littlejohn)
August 2018: Sexual Ethics (Alastair Roberts)
September 2018: Roman Catholicism (Chris Castaldo)
October 2018: Divine Simplicity (Joseph Minich)
November 2018: English Reformation, Pt. II (Brad Littlejohn)
December 2018: How Did We Get Here? (Alastair Roberts)