Coena Mystica : debating reformed eucharistic theology / Coena Mystica : the eucharistic debate of Nevin and Hodge edited by Linden J. DeBie ; general editor, W. Bradford Littlejohn. - Eugene, Oregon : Wipf & Stock, c2013. - lvii, 186 p. ; 26 cm. - Mercersburg theology study series ; volume 2 . - Mercersburg theology study series ; v. 2. .

Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-181) and index.

Nevin introduces the debate -- The views of Zwingli and Calvin -- Christ's real presence in the Lord's Supper -- Nevin on the ancient reformed creeds -- Sacramental doctrine of Calvin -- Sacramental doctrine of the reformed confessions -- What it means to receive the body and blood of Christ -- The sacramental efficacy of the Lord's Supper -- The modern theory debated -- Departures from Chalcedonian Orthodoxy -- Departures from reformed orthodoxy -- Final criticisms.

"Coena Mystica contains the never-before-reprinted text of John Williamson Nevin's response to Charles Hodge's devastating critiques of his 1846 magnum opus, The Mystical Presence. Initially appearing in twelve issues of the little-known Weekly Messenger of the German Reformed Church and almost entirely neglected by historians since, Nevin's response included the full text of Hodge's article, with his rejoinders interspersed every few pages. These articles, in addition to providing a lively and illuminating debate on the roots of Reformed eucharistic theology, take the disputants into such fields as the nature of the church, the development of doctrine, the person and work of Christ, and the merits of German idealism. The quality of the historical argument and theological acumen here displayed makes this exchange one of the landmark theological controversies of the nineteenth century, a gift to historians of the period, students of Reformed theology, and anyone seeking to better understand the contentious legacy of the Protestant Reformation. The present critical edition carefully preserves the original text, while providing extensive introductions, annotations, and bibliography to orient the modern reader and facilitate further scholarship." -- From publisher's description.

1620327678 (paperback) 9781620327678 (paperback)


Hodge, Charles, 1797-1878.
Nevin, John Williamson, 1803-1886.


Reformed Church in the United States--Doctrines
Reformed Church in the United States.
German Reformed Church (U.S.)--Clergy--Works.
Reformed Church in the United States--Clergy--Works.
German Reformed Church (U.S.) Theological Seminary --Faculty--Works.
Reformed Church in the United States. Theological Seminary. --Faculty;--Works.


Lord's Supper--History of doctrines
Mercersburg theology.

BX9575.L6 / C64 2013

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