The SCM Studyguide
By (author) Ross Thompson
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SCM Studyguide by Ross Thompson
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780334040200
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: SCM Press
Publisher: SCM Press
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A constructive resource for all who endeavour to become reflective practitioners.
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Practical in emphasis, this textbook offers newcomers an introduction to understanding theological reflection and helps those training for ministry to explore which of the methods introduced best suits them and their particular situation.
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Author Biography - 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 lectured in Systematic Theology and Ethics at St Michael's College and Cardiff University.
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