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The Sacraments free pdf 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.

About Ross Thompson

Revd Dr Ross Thompson is a freelance writer in theology and ethics. He was parish priest in Bristol for twenty years, and subsequently lecturered in Systematic Theology and Ethics at St Michaels College and Cardiff University. He has published a wide range of articles and a book Holy Ground, the Spirituality of Matter, 1990, SPCK and is currently researching in ecological and genetic ethics.

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Author : Ross Thompson
Publisher : SCM Press
Data Published : 29 April 2006
ISBN : 0334040205
EAN : 9780334040200
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 241 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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