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John Wesley favored the spiritual presence view, as demonstrated primarily through his writings, but also in his hymns. Writings First of all, John Wesley explicitly rejected transubstantiation: [N]o such change of the bread into the body of Christ can be inferred from his words, "This is my body." [...] [T]hat they are not to be taken literally is ...


I refer you to J.E. Rattenbury's book "The Eucharistic Hymns of John and Charles Wesley". The 1996 reprint includes an introduction by Prof. Don Saliers who discusses John's approach to the eucharist. To summarize some of his points: emphasis on sacrificial imagery and Christ's stigmata; the eucharist has potency as a means of obtaining God's grace; ...

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