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"Visible and Invisible: George Tyrrell and Christ's Bodies"

Loughlin, Gerard

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Starting with the laying to rest of George Tyrrell’s body in an Anglican grave, outside the bounds of the Catholic Church, this article considers how Tyrrell could yet understood himself to be within the Church, within the body of Christ. Tyrrell developed a distinction between the visible and invisible Church in such a way that a person like himself could be included within the latter. In this, Tyrrell’s theology anticipated later ideas of the anonymous Christian and the Church as sacrament, his thinking incorporated within the body of more orthodox, conciliar theology.


Loughlin, G. (2018). "Visible and Invisible: George Tyrrell and Christ's Bodies". New Blackfriars, 99(1084), 729-739.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 11, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 27, 2018
Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 17, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 27, 2020
Journal New Blackfriars
Print ISSN 0028-4289
Electronic ISSN 1741-2005
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 99
Issue 1084
Pages 729-739
Keywords George Tyrrell, invisible Church, anonymous Christian, Church as sacrament, Body of Christ.


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This is the accepted version of the following article: Loughlin, Gerard (2018). Visible and Invisible: George Tyrrell and Christ's Bodies. New Blackfriars 99(1084): 729-739, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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