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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary


A denomination in the sixteenth century; so called from one Gasper Schewenkfeldt, a Silesian knight. He differed from Luther in the three following points. The first of these points related to the doctrine concerning the eucharist. Schewenkfeldt inverted the following words of Christ, This is my body: and insisted in their being thus understood. My body is this, 1: e. such as this bread which is broken and consumed; a true and real food, which nourisheth, satisfieth, and delighteth the soul. My blood is this, that is, such its effects, as the wine which strengthens and refresheth the heart. Secondly, He denied that the eternal word which is committed to writing in the holy Scriptures was endowed with the power of healing, illuminating, and renewing the mind; and he ascribed this power to the internal word, which, according to his notion, was Christ himself. Thirdly, He would not allow Christ's human nature, in its exalted state, to be called a creature, or a created substance, as such a denomination appeared to him infinitely below its majestic dignity; united as it is in that glorious state with the divine essence.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Schewenkfeldians'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. 1802.

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