Can the Eucharist be celebrated in an online gathering? A theological analysis

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Abstract

Can an online celebration of the Eucharist through means of video-conferencing software be permitted? The Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 made the question urgent for many churches; for persecuted or geographically scattered churches it is perennial. This article offers definitions to clarify the question asked, and then two arguments, one based on an extension of currently-accepted practices, and one based on the ecumenical doctrine outlined in the Lima text, Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry, to propose an affirmative answer to the question.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-106
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of European Baptist Studies
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Online church Eucharist
  • Virtual church

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