The Sacraments: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study

The Sacraments: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study

by Joseph Martos
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814653693

ISBN-13: 9780814653692

Pub. Date: 10/28/2009

Publisher: Liturgical Press, The

What are the sacraments, really?

For centuries, the religious lives of Catholics and other Christians have revolved around church rituals with generally accepted individual and social effects. What, precisely, are those effects, and how are they produced? Traditional theology used Greek philosophy to understand the sacraments and how they work. But is there no

…  See more details below

Overview

What are the sacraments, really?

For centuries, the religious lives of Catholics and other Christians have revolved around church rituals with generally accepted individual and social effects. What, precisely, are those effects, and how are they produced? Traditional theology used Greek philosophy to understand the sacraments and how they work. But is there no other way to understand them? In fact, there are a number of ways, and this book invites you to look at the sacraments through a variety of lenses: psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, theology, morality, and spirituality.

As the introduction to this volume challenges, If you read this book, and especially if you engage in the interactive study to which it invites you, your understanding of sacraments will be changed forever."

To help personalize your investigation, the author has created a web site with thought-provoking questions that encourage you to interact with the ideas being proposed in this volume. To engage these topics more deeply, see www.TheSacraments.org.

Joseph Martos is author of Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church, which for more than a quarter of a century has been the most widely read book on the subject. Recently retired from full-time teaching, he has been a visiting professor in universities and theology schools in Canada and Australia as well as around the United States.

"

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814653692
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
802,738
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Related Subjects

Table of Contents

Preface v

Introduction 1

Invitation 5

1 Psychology and the Sacraments 7

1 Psychological Dimensions of the Sacraments 7

2 The Sacred Dimension 9

3 The Symbolic Dimension 16

4 The Ritual Dimension 23

2 Social Dimensions of the Sacraments 34

1 Social Dimensions of the Sacraments 34

2 The Functional Dimension 36

3 The Effective Dimension 42

4 The Historical Dimension 51

a Early Forms of Religions of the Sacraments 52

b Religion and Consciousness in the Classical World 53

c Modern Consciousness and Religion 56

3 Ritual Studies and the Sacraments 63

1 The Emergence of Ritual Studies 63

2 Types of Rituals 66

a Calendrical or Commemorative Rites 66

b Transition Rituals or Rites of Passage 68

c Rites of Exchange and Communion 71

d Rites of Purification, Healing, and Affection 76

e Rites of Feasting and Fasting 79

f Political or Governmental Rites 80

3 Characteristics of Ritual 82

a Formalism or Formality 83

b Traditionalism 84

c Invariance 84

d Rule Governance 85

e Sacred Symbolism 87

f Performance 89

4 .Ritual Sensibility 91

a Ritualization 92

b Decorum 92

c Ceremony 93

d Magic 94

e Liturgy 97

f Celebration 99

4 The Sacraments in History 105

1 Historical Investigation into the Sacraments 105

2 The Apostolic Period 108

3 The Patristic Period 111

4 The Medieval Period 113

5 The Tridentine Period 116

6 The Contemporary period 118

5 The Sacraments in Theology 124

1 Theological Developments Affecting the Sacraments 125

2 The Scholastic Approach 130

3 The Approach of Vatican II 134

4 Existential and phenomenological Approaches 137

5 A Liberation Approach 142

6 Foundational/Transformational Approaches149

7 A Postmodern Approache 154

8 Liturgical Approaches 161

9 Approaches as Models 169

6 The Sacraments and Morality 178

1 Examining Worship and Ethics 179

2 The Paschal Mystery and Personal Morality 184

3 The Kingdom of God and Social Justice 192

a Baptism 196

b Confirmation 199

c Reconciliation 201

d Anointing of the Sick 203

e Marriage 205

f Ordination 207

g Eucharist 210

7 The Sacraments and Spirituality 217

1 Personal Spirituality 218

2 Communal Spirituality 225

3 Ecclesial Spirituality 237

4 Global Spirituality 244

Conclusion 262

Afterword 225

Index 267

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >