The question raised in posts 30 & 31 was whether Jesus intended to address Eucharist in the John 6 discourse. Stalwart said yes, I said no, and we were off to the races. But no one has put the Real Presence into question or anything like that. I did, however, point out that a eucharistic, literalist reading of John 6 is what led to (and still supports) Romanism. This fact is exactly what caused me to re-evaluate the John 6 discourse and ask myself whether the things I was taught in RC Catechism on the subject were true. John 6 is what any sharp RC relies on as proof that Jesus wants us to eat His physical flesh and that (according to verse 53) only those who do so can be saved. So, Botolph, if I understand correctly I think you're saying that if perchance it was Jesus' intention that we eat His physical flesh and drink His physical blood, then it doesn't matter whether the Anglican churches teach this or even expect that their priests' consecrations will invite this physical change, because we are "receptionists"... we receive whatever it is that Christ intended us to receive. Is that correct? I could buy that, however it doesn't really help explain away the big problem of verse 53. Because the eucharistic literalist, physical (tangible, as you put it) view of the discourse demands that we recognize a requirement to do a physical act to merit eternal life. We would have to eat and drink Jesus' tangible body and blood or we would have no life in us. And that contradicts a long, long list of other scriptures which tell us that salvation is a free gift of grace from God, received only through faith in Him. The figurative, non-eucharistic interpretation of John 6 harmonizes rather than contradicts, and to me that makes so much more sense. It certainly makes sense when we get to verse 63 and see Jesus basically tell His disciples that it's not about eating the flesh, it's about spiritual transformation. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.