Peter Martyr on the Eucharist and Community

March 19, 2010

If a secular table reconciles men to one another when they meet together, why should not the table of Christ effect this the more? Since the wildest beasts are tamed by food, why are men not made gentle by this heavenly food? If treaties and covenants are usually sealed by food and drink, why do not the children of God establish peace and friendship among themselves by communicating together?

Peter Martyr Vermigli, The Oxford Treatise and Disputation, trans. and ed. Joseph C. McLelland (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2000), 13.

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