SCM Studyguide: The Sacraments Paperback

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SCM Studyguide: The Sacraments

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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.

SCM Studyguide: The Sacraments by Ross Thompson was published by SCM in April 2006 and is our 18260th best seller. The ISBN for SCM Studyguide: The Sacraments is 9780334040200.

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Page last updated 23rd December 2010
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherSCM (April 2006)
Number of Pages200
Thickness14 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code111989
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