The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation, Revised and Expanded Edition / Edition 2

The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation, Revised and Expanded Edition / Edition 2

by Maxwell E. Johnson
     
 

Originally published in 1999, The Rites of Christian Initiation was haled for its clarity and comprehensiveness. Kalian McDonnell, OSB, called it the best overall treatment of Christian initiation available, and Paul Bradshaw predicted it would be the standard textbook on the subject for very many years to come." The current edition draws on new translations of

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Originally published in 1999, The Rites of Christian Initiation was haled for its clarity and comprehensiveness. Kalian McDonnell, OSB, called it the best overall treatment of Christian initiation available, and Paul Bradshaw predicted it would be the standard textbook on the subject for very many years to come." The current edition draws on new translations of early texts on baptism as well as recent scholarship on the early traditions in the East and West. It is sure to replace itself as the new standard reference on the rites of Christian initiation.

Maxwell E. Johnson's expanded and revised text provides a more complete view of the history and interpretation of the rites in the Eastern Church, including two chapters that explore the pre-Nicene Eastern and Western traditions in detail. Revisiting the theology of baptism, this edition also provides more nuanced positions on the Eastern and Western traditions. Finally, recent liturgical developments in American Protestant churches, particularly Lutheran, as well as the ongoing development of the RCIA and confirmation practices of Catholics, made it necessary to revisit the place and meaning of these rites in the church today.

Maxwell E. Johnson, PhD, is professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame and an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has published in Worship and is the editor of and contributor to Living Water, Sealing Spirit: Readings on Christian Initiation (Liturgical Press, 1995) and the revised and expanded edition of E.C. Whitaker, Documents of the Baptismal Liturgy (Liturgical Press and S.P.C.K., 2003), to which this study serves as a companion volume.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814662151
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Pueblo Bks.
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
536
Sales rank:
783,633
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     x
Abbreviations     xii
Preface to the Second Edition     xiii
Introduction     xvii
The Origins of the Rites of Christian Initiation     1
Christian Initiation in the Pre-nicene East     41
Christian Initiation in the Pre-nicene West     83
Initiation in the Christian East During the Fourth and Fifth Centuries     115
Initiation in the Christian West During the Fourth and Fifth Centuries     159
Excursus: Baptismal Preparation and the Origins of Lent     201
Christian Initiation in the Middle Ages     219
The Rites of Initiation in the Christian East     269
Christian Initiation in the Protestant and Catholic Reforms of the Sixteenth Century     309
Christian Initiation in the Churches Today     375
Back Home to the Font: The Place of a Baptismal Spirituality and Its Implications in a Displaced World     451
Index     479

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