This introduction to Martin Luther's sacramental theology addresses a central question in the life of the church and in ecumenical dialogue. Although Luther famously reduced the sacraments from seven to two (baptism and the Lord's Supper), he didn't completely dismiss the others. Instead, he positively recast them as practices in the church. This book explores the medieval church's understanding of the seven sacraments and the Protestant rationale for keeping or eliminating each sacrament. It also explores implications for contemporary theology and worship, helping Protestants imagine ways of reclaiming lost benefits of the seven sacraments.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Brian C. Brewer (PhD, Drew University) is associate professor of Christian theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. He is a seasoned pastor and the author or editor of several books.
Table of Contents
1. Penance: The Once Third Protestant Sacrament
2. Confirmation: A Ceremony for the Laying On of Hands
3. Marriage: A Public Ordinance
4. Ordination: "A Man-Made Fiction"
5. Extreme Unction: "Anointing the Sick"
6. Baptism: The "Untouched and Untainted" Sacrament
7. The Lord's Supper: "The Most Important of All"