Real Presence in the Eucharist and Time-Travel

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This article aims to bring some work in contemporary analytic metaphysics to discussions of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. I will show that some unusual claims of the Real Presence doctrine exactly parallel what would be happening in the world if objects were to time-travel in certain ways. Such time-travel would make ordinary objects multiply located, and in the relevantly analogous respects. If it is conceptually coherent that objects behave in this way, we have a model for the behaviour of the Eucharist which shows the doctrine to be coherent, at least with respect to the issues discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-389
Number of pages11
JournalReligious Studies
Issue number3
Early online date22 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015


  • Real Presence, Eucharist, time-travel, Mereology

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