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Overview

Richard Osmer's Confirmation provides a comprehensive discussion of the particularities of the Protestant experience of confirmation by examining Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, and Methodist practices. Osmer explains the need for a renewed understanding of confirmation in the Presbyterian Church and proposes a two-step process of confirmation that addresses concerns unique to two developmental transitions: from preteen to adolescence and from adolescence to adulthood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664500009
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Robert Osmer is Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education and Director of the School of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is the author of Confirmation: Presbyterian Practices in Ecumenical Perspective, Teaching for Faith, and A Teachable Spirit.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Troubling Questions
Pt. 1 Confirmation as a Current Challenge 1
1 Adolescence: The Emergence of a New Stage in the Life Cycle 3
2 Confirmation in Modern Context: Individualization and Identity Formation 9
Pt. 2 Confirmation in Historical Perspective 27
3 Antecedents and Origins of Confirmation 33
4 Changes in Confirmation and Catechetical Instruction in the Reformation 59
5 Lutheran, Anglican-Episcopal, and United Methodist Confirmation Practices 87
6 American Presbyterian Confirmation Practices 113
Pt. 3 A Contemporary Proposal for Confirmation 161
7 A Theology of Confirmation 168
8 A Fitting Practice of Confirmation 194
Epilogue: Confirmation in Practical Theological Perspective 219
Notes 229
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