That has got to be one of the most bizarre posts on the internet. You an adult allegedly able to think human literally think a cracker turns into the body of another human being. You have swallowed that superstition hook line and sinker. The rest of the post is simply humorous.
It must be so easy to hand wave away the methodology necessary to transform the cracker in the natural world. This is of course testable. When does this transformation take place? In the throat or the stomach? Will it revert back once we examine it? If it in fact is human flesh you are a cannibal plain and simple. But c’mon you and I both know that if we examine your stomach contents post mass all we will find is cracker residue, not a human cell to be found. Why lie to yourself?
– Jim C from the comments to my post concerning The New Republic and Catholicism
Dear Jim C,
First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog and posting a comment! I’m always glad to have new readers. Let me dive right into your comment and the embedded assumptions/questions that need to be clarified/answered. First of all, the communion wafer is not a cracker — it is like a cracker in that it is a bread product made from simple wheat flour and water, but unlike a cracker salt is never added and spices are rarely added (at least in the West). Secondly, you have to understand something about me, Catholics in general, believing Christians, and religious people in general — we believe in miracles. We do not believe this material world and the scientific forces (which are awesome and great to study) that govern the material world are the only forces at work in the world. There are supernatural forces at work — in fact, to use just one example, Catholics believe God created the universe. So do you really think a God who created the universe (and the laws of nature that govern the universe) would have any trouble transforming the communion wafer into His body or blood, even if human beings couldn’t detect the transformation? I don’t and I think it is actually reasonable to think God could accomplish this at every Mass when the priest performs the necessary ritual to transform the communion wafer into the host. If you want a metaphysical introduction to how this happens, you can check out this article. You do realize that you aren’t the first guy to ask these questions and even the early Church fathers were confronted with the same questions when they ate the host and drank the communion wine and noticed they weren’t eating or drinking human flesh or blood…just because we are surrounded by technology it doesn’t mean we are smarter than the ancients.
Speaking of which, concerning your question about cannibalism, this is a nice article dealing with that very question (quick take away — Christ is alive, now and forever, so we don’t eat dead flesh or dead blood — we drink from God’s everliving flesh and blood). So when it comes to the truth of the Catholic faith, no lies are involved. God’s word and His creation are in perfect alignment and there is ultimately no conflict between science and faith. Sometimes there is confusion and mystery between what the Bible says and what we currently understand about the natural world (for example, if you really want to have some fun, check out Ed Feser’s series of posts about Adam and Eve here, and here). But in the end, there can be no conflict because the truth is the truth — no relativists around here 🙂