Comparison Between Religions

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Comparison between Orthodoxy, Protestantism & Roman Catholicism:

The table below aims to given an outline of some of the key issues in Christian belief and how the three traditions view these issues. I have tried to state what might be called the 'representative' view of each tradition; though there are obviously differing views within each of them e.g. the diverse range of opinions on the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The links under the More information section should be consulted for the definitive positions.
With thanks to Father Gregory Hallam for his assistance.

|Topic |Orthodox |Protestant |Roman Catholic |
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|* Eucharist - Presence |During the Eucharist, the Priest calls |The bread and wine, being symbols, |As in Orthodoxy, the Priest invokes the |
|of Christ in |down the Holy Spirit (in Greek: |do not change substance. There are |Holy Spirit during the Mass. However, the|
| |epiklesis) upon the gifts (the bread |however, a wide variety of views |consecration becomes effective through |
| |and the wine). They then change into |held within Protestantism on this |the Priest, who acts in the person of |
| |the actual body and blood of Christ. |subject (e.g. some Anglicans accept|Christ. The gifts change completely into |
| |The precise way in which this happens |the Catholic view, whereas Baptists|Christ's body and blood and this change |
| |is a divine mystery. |deny it). |is termed 'Transubstantiation' i.e. the |
| | | |outward appearance remains the same, but |
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