This extract from the writings of Mr Lowe has been deemed “fierce and forced,” and objection to it expressed in these words: "The statement that the bread “must needs be broken before it can be partaken of” is no doubt true, but is it enlightening? One needs to distinguish between a mere fact and the idea that a certain doctrine can be deduced from it."
I should say it is enlightening in more ways than one. The critic here enlightens us more about himself than he does with regard to Mr Lowe's teaching.
In fact, the next sentence explains it: “We read that when He had given thanks, “He brake it.” He gave it to them, not whole, but broken. Evidently, then, it signifies His death, – Himself in death, and nothing but Himself.”
How a Christian can possibly dismiss this as but “a mere fact” is somewhat of a puzzle.
The “certain doctrine,” which here concerns the “broken loaf,” is stated by Mr Lowe to signify the death of Christ. The phrase “the idea that a certain doctrine can be deduced from it” questions the value of Christ's death.