oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The 'real presence' of Christ in the Eucharist: A response to African traditional spirituality
|Article Title||The 'real presence' of Christ in the Eucharist: A response to African traditional spirituality|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Honorary Research Associate, University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Nov 2005|
|Pages||411 - 439|
|Keyword(s)||African traditionalism, Biological vitality, Catholic concept of trans-substantiation, Christ's bodily presence, Dynamistic power, Lutheran, Ritual, Social structure, Spiritual presence, Status, True presence of Christ, Verbal communication and Western traditionalism|
Recently deceased ancestors are the spiritual counterparts ofthe living in traditionalist African communities. Rituals mediate the continuing presence of the deceased. The Last Supper is meant to mediate the continuing presence of the crucified Christ among believers in Christ. If Christ is perceived to be a rather distant authority, however, he cannot become the dominant spiritual force in the life of African Christians. As result, they continue to live in two worlds.
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