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1. One who regards the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist as only the metaphorical, and not the physical, body and blood of Jesus.
2. One who emphasizes the importance of sacraments as a means to grace; a sacramentalist.
1. Of or relating to Sacramentarians.
2. Of or relating to sacramentalism or sacramentalists.

Sac′ra·men·tar′i·an·ism n.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) any Protestant theologian, such as Zwingli, who maintained that the bread and wine of the Eucharist were the body and blood of Christ only in a figurative sense and denied His real presence in these elements
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) one who believes in sacramentalism
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to Sacramentarians
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (not capital) of or relating to sacraments
ˌSacramenˈtarianism n
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(ˌsæk rə mɛnˈtɛər i ən)

1. a person who maintains that the Eucharistic elements have only symbolic significance.
2. (l.c.) a sacramentalist.
3. of or pertaining to the Sacramentarians.
Sac`ra•men•tar′i•an•ism, n.
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(2) De Hoop Scheffer, who pioneered the notion of an early Sacramentarian phase of the Dutch Reformation before its Mennonite and Calvinist periods, (3) was the more prestigious scholar of the two.
Examining the city's many tracts and other popular literature, among other sources, Van Amberg (history, Tusculum College) describes the controversy surrounding the popular preacher Hans Schilling, the church building and religious agenda of Michael Keller, and the various sacramentarian sects in the city, among other topics, demonstrating in part how local politics and economics could play an important role in which side people chose in the Eucharistic controversy.
Our new form of the old Sacramentarian controversy must not become divisive.
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Doctrinal positions on this question ranged widely from the Catholic Church's doctrine of transubstantiation, to Luther's slightly more guarded view of Christ's real presence in the elements, to the sacramentarian views held by Calvin.
The layman, John Hoggesflesh, was a proponent of sacramentarian views in the 1530s whose case went all the way to Henry VIII until he was forced to recant.
quotes liberally from his historical sources, especially from Luther's key writings from the sacramentarian controversy, consuming one-third or more of the book.
Indeed his theses about Anabaptist, sacramentarian and spiritualist continuity with the pre-Reformation evangelical catholic traditions places the "achievements" and failures of this variety of sixteenth century movements in a radically new interpretive context.
In the chapter on baptism Stephens gives due attention to Zwingli's battles with Anabaptists, and in the chapter on the Eucharist, he surveys Zwingli's role in the Sacramentarian controversy with Martin Luther.
When a newly drafted church ordinance submitted for review to Lutheran theologians in Marburg was rejected, it forced Rothmann, who was at least publically still ambivalent on the question of pedobaptism, to choose sides, and he had "no choice but to move to where his followers were" (110), namely to Hendrik Roll, a prominent Sacramentarian preacher and advocate of believer's baptism.
(39) The subsequent subtopics elaborated on the implications of the first: the Words of Institution of the sacrament are necessary for its proper use; Christ's power in his Word, not the human speaking of them, creates the presence of Christ's body and blood; what sense "under, with, and in the bread" has; the recipients receive Christ's true body and blood with the visible bread and wine and do so not only spiritually but also orally; that Luther used the word "spiritual" in a different way than had his "sacramentarian" opponents.

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