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Doors to the Sacred, Vatican II Golden Anniversary Edition: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church

by Joseph Martos

 

Doors to the Sacred has endured as an indispensable account of the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Used in hundreds of university and seminary courses and full of critical acclaim, it details their historical and cultural evolution and the rituals and practices associated with them. This Vatican II Golden Anniversary Edition explains the liturgical changes found in The Roman Missal, Third Edition, and provides extensive resources for students and seekers alike, including: 

  • A visual timeline of people, events, and sacramental changes in Church history,
  • A glossary of philosophical and theological terms
  • An updated annotated bibliography for further reading
  • An improved design for easier reading and reference.

Table of Contents:

Preface -- Introduction: History and Sacraments -- Regions and Cities of the Ancient World Mentioned in the Text -- Regions and Cities of the Middle Ages Mentioned in the Text -- Part 1. A History of Sacraments -- I. Sacraments in All Religions -- 1. The Meaning of Sacrament -- 2. Sacramental Rituals -- 3. Sacred Space, Sacred Time, Sacred Meaning -- 4. A Variety of Rituals -- 5. Parallels and Precedents -- II. The Beginnings of the Christian Sacraments -- 1. Israel and the Roman Empire -- 2. The Early Christian Community -- 3. The Patristic Period -- 4. The Sacramental Seal -- 5. Augustine and Afterward -- III. The Development of the Catholic Sacraments -- 1. Seven Liturgical Sacraments -- 2. Sign and Reality -- 3. The Sacramental Character -- 4. Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Sacraments -- 5. Legalism, Nominalism, and Magic -- IV. Catholic and Protestant Sacraments -- 1. Luther and the Protestant Reformation -- 2. Trent and the Catholic Counter-Reformation -- 3. The Modern Centuries -- V. The Sacraments Today -- 1. Twentieth-Century Developments -- 2. Contemporary Sacramental Theology -- 3. Contemporary Sacramental Practices -- Part 2. Histories of the Sacraments -- VI. Baptism -- 1. Parallels and Precedents -- 2. Baptism and Christian Initiation -- 3. Baptism in the Middle Ages -- 4. Baptism in Modern Times -- 5. Baptism in Contemporary Catholicism -- VII. Confirmation -- 1. Parallels and Precedents -- 2. Receiving the Holy Spirit -- 3. From Consignation to Confirmation -- 4. Confirmation in Modern Times -- 5. Confirmation in the Contemporary Church -- VIII. Eucharist -- 1. Parallels and Precedents -- 2. From the Last Supper to the Liturgy -- 3. The Mass and Eucharist in the Middle Ages -- 4. The Lord's Supper and the Modern Mass -- 5. Liturgy and Eucharist in the Twentieth Century -- IX. Reconciliation -- 1. Parallels and Precedents -- 2. Repentance and Reconciliation in Early Christianity -- 3. Confession and Penance in the Middle Ages -- 4. The Modern Sacrament of Penance -- 5. Sacramental Reconciliation in the Church Today -- X. Anointing -- 1. Parallels and Precedents -- 2. Healing and Anointing in the Early Church -- 3. From Anointing the Sick to Anointing the Dying -- 4. The Modern Sacrament of Extreme Unction -- 5. Return to Anointing of the Sick -- XI. Marriage -- 1. Parallels and Precedents -- 2. Early Christian Marriage -- 3. From Secular to Ecclesiastical Marriage -- 4. Marriage in the Modern Church -- 5. Marriage in Contemporary Catholicism -- XII. Ordination -- 1. Parallels and Precedents -- 2. Christian Ministries and Sacred Orders -- 3. Holy Orders in the Middle Ages -- 4. The Modem Catholic Priesthood -- 5. Ministries in the Church Today -- Conclusion: Sacraments and the Future -- Glossary of Philosophical and Theological Terms [with Pronunciation Guide to Selected Words] -- Index of Names and Topics -- About the Author.
Joseph Martos is a respected educator, speaker, author and authority on the interaction of religious experience, theological ideas, cultural developments and liturgical ritual down through the ages. His work is interdisciplinary, accessible, and takes a balanced approach. His website, www.TheSacraments.org, contains biographical and contact information, as well as significant material on these and related topics.
Binding: Paperback
Pub Date: June 23, 2014
ISBN: 0764824511    EAN: 9780764824517