The Sacraments

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Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd, 2006 - 241 pàgines
The Sacraments are clearly intended to focus and unify the church, yet nothing has divided the church so much as the nature of the sacraments and who should minister and receive them. From the early controversy over whether the Jewish sacrament of circumcision was necessary for Christians, through the Donatist schism and the Reformation controversies, down to the ordination of women, division over the sacraments have characterised the church. Even what counts as a sacrament - just baptism and the Eucharist - or five other rites - has proved divisive. This book looks in detail at the two 'dominical' sacraments which all mainstream churches acknowledge, baptism and holy communion, whilst also examining the other sacraments of the Orthodox and Catholic churches. Coverage includes general ideas of sacraments and ritual, Old Testament practices, the response of Jesus and the Early Church, the growth of sacramental theology up to the Reformation and since, Baptism, Holy Communion, the rites of commitment - confirmation, ordination and marriage, and rites of restoration - healing and reconciliation. The book concludes by considering whether there are other practices that might be considered sacramental such as deliverance, reverence of icons or preaching.
 

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Continguts

Pagan and Jewish Antecedents
12
Christ the Mystery and the Mysteries
27
AVery Short History
43
The Modern Search for the Primordial Sacrament
61
Sacraments and Christian Initiation
81
Evolution of the Eucharist
123
Presence and Sacrifice
143
SpaceTime Society and Spirituality
160
Other Sacraments
177
Ordination and Marriage
199
The Sacramental Prism
219
Index of Subjects and Names 233
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Sobre l'autor (2006)

Revd Dr Ross Thompson was parish priest in Bristol for twenty years, and subsequently lectured in Systematic Theology and Ethics at St Michaels College and Cardiff University

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