Is it Catholic Literalism, Reformed Covenantalism, or Baptistic Symbolism? Whatever your faith tradition, Michael F. Bird over at Biblioblog Euangelion makes an insightful statement concerning Baptist belief.
This is also a good place for me to recommend one of the finest books I have ever read on the Subject: Given for You: Reclaiming Calvin’s Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper by Keith Mathison.
“I often joke about the Baptist view of the sacraments as teaching a doctrine of “real absence,” i.e., wherever Jesus is, he’s nowhere near the bread and wine. In fact, it is probably better if he doesn’t even come to our communion service, because if he did ever come too close to the bread or the wine, we might end up turning Catholic.”