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THE

MYSTICAL PRESENCE.

A VINDICATION OF THE

REFORMED OR CALVINISTIC DOCTRINE

HOLY EUCHARIST.

BY THE

REV. JOHN W. NEVIN, D.D.

PROF. OF THEOL. IN THE SEMINAR* OF THE GEH. REF. CHURCH.

PHILADELPHIA:

J. B. LIPPINCOTT & Co.

Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1S46, by

J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.,

in the clerk's office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the eastern district of Pennsylvania.

PHILADELPHIA:
KINO AND BAUD, PRINTERS,

No. 9 George Street.

PREFACE.

The following work has grown directly out of some controversy which has had place, during the past year, in the German Reformed Church, on the subject to which it relates. This stands related to it, however, only as an external occasion, and has not been permitted to come into view, in any way, in the work itself.

It is not felt that any apology is needed for the publication.— This is found in the importance of its subject, which must be left of course to speak for itself.

As the Eucharist forms the very heart of the whole Christian worship, so it is clear that the entire question of the Church, which all are compelled to acknowledge, the great life-problem of the age, centres ultimately in the sacramental question as its inmost heart and core. Our view of the Lord's Supper must ever condition and rule in the end our view of Christ's person and the conception we form of the Church. It must influence at the same time, very materially, our whole system of theology, as well as all our ideas of ecclesiastical history.

Is it true that the modern Protestant Church in this country has, in large part at least, fallen away from the sacramental doctrine of the sixteenth century? All must at least allow, that there is some room for asking the question. If so, it is equally plain that it is a question which is entitled to a serious answer. For in the nature of the case, such a falling away, if it exist at all, must be connected with a still more general removal from the original platform of the Church. The eucharistic doctrine of the sixteenth

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