Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church, Revised & Updated

Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church, Revised & Updated

by Joseph Martos
     
 

A work of major importance, written for an ecumenical audience, Doors to the Sacred is a sweeping and detailed account of the historical and cultural evolution of sacramental rituals and practices.

Since its initial publication, the book has garnered widespread critical acclaim and has become a mainstay not only for students but for all thinking Christians

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A work of major importance, written for an ecumenical audience, Doors to the Sacred is a sweeping and detailed account of the historical and cultural evolution of sacramental rituals and practices.

Since its initial publication, the book has garnered widespread critical acclaim and has become a mainstay not only for students but for all thinking Christians who want to understand the past fully while making their present participation in the sacraments more genuine and intelligent. Martos has greatly expanded all of the bibliographic material and has incorporated the latest developments in theological study and inquiry. His focus is on the seven ecclesial sacraments of the Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing, Marriage, and Orders.

Though based on thorough research and impressive scholarship, Doors to the Sacred is written in a lively style that will be welcomed by a general audience.

488-page paperback; 6 x 9

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764807183
Publisher:
Liguori Publications
Publication date:
04/18/2001
Edition description:
REVISED & UPDATED
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
218,092
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

PrefaceXI
Introduction: History and SacramentsXIII
Part 1A History of Sacraments
I.Sacraments in All Religions3
II.The Beginnings of the Christian Sacraments19
1.Israel and the Roman Empire20
2.The Early Christian Community23
3.The Patristic Period28
4.The Sacramental Seal32
5.Augustine and Afterward40
III.The Development of the Catholic Sacraments47
1.Seven Liturgical Sacraments48
2.Sign and Reality51
3.The Sacramental Character56
4.Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Sacraments60
5.Legalism, Nominalism, and Magic65
IV.Catholic and Protestant Sacraments77
1.Luther and the Protestant Reformation80
2.Trent and the Catholic Counter-Reformation88
3.The Modern Centuries93
V.The Sacraments Today102
1.Twentieth-Century Developments103
2.Contemporary Sacramental Theology108
3.Contemporary Sacramental Practices127
Part 2Histories of the Sacraments
VI.Baptism147
1.Parallels and Precedents148
2.Baptism and Christian Initiation148
3.Baptism in the Middle Ages160
4.Baptism in Modern Times169
5.Baptism in Contemporary Catholicism174
VII.Confirmation184
1.Parallels and Precedents185
2.Receiving the Holy Spirit186
3.From Consignation to Confirmation191
4.Confirmation in Modern Times198
5.Confirmation in the Contemporary Church201
VIII.Eucharist209
1.Parallels and Precedents210
2.From the Last Supper to the Liturgy214
3.The Mass and Eucharist in the Middle Ages231
4.The Lord's Supper and the Modern Mass246
5.Liturgy and Eucharist in the Twentieth Century258
IX.Reconciliation275
1.Parallels and Precedents276
2.Repentance and Reconciliation in Early Christianity278
3.Confession and Penance in the Middle Ages291
4.The Modern Sacrament of Penance305
5.Sacramental Reconciliation in the Church Today313
X.Anointing325
1.Parallels and Precedents326
2.Healing and Anointing in the Early Church328
3.From Anointing the Sick to Anointing the Dying332
4.The Modern Sacrament of Extreme Unction339
5.Return to Anointing of the Sick343
XI.Marriage351
1.Parallels and Precedents352
2.Early Christian Marriage355
3.From Secular to Ecclesiastical Marriage368
4.Marriage in the Modern Church380
5.Marriage in Contemporary Catholicism385
XII.Ordination400
1.Parallels and Precedents401
2.Christian Ministries and Sacred Orders404
3.Holy Orders in the Middle Ages425
4.The Modern Catholic Priesthood437
5.Ministries in the Church Today445
Conclusion: Sacraments and the Future467
Index of Names and Topics471

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