Martin Luther and the Seven Sacraments: A Contemporary Protestant Reappraisal
: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...
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: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.
Brian C. Brewer is Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, USA. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Brewer holds a B.A. in religion from Baylor University. His M.Div. degree is from the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the very first graduate of the institution. Dr. Brewer subsequently earned a Master of Theology in Homiletics and Worship from Princeton Theological Seminary and also a Master of Philosophy and the Ph.D. degree, both in historical theology, from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
A seasoned pastor, Dr. Brewer continues to stay connected to local congregations as a preacher and conference speaker, recognizing both preaching and teaching as his Christian calling.
- :<b>contents<br></b>introduction<br>1. Penance: The Once Third Protestant Sacrament<br>2. Confirmation: A Ceremony For The Laying On Of Hands<br>3. Marriage: A Public Ordinance<br>4. Ordination: &quot;a Man-made Fiction&quot;<br>5. Extreme Unction: &quot;anointing The Sick&quot;<br>6. Baptism: The &quot;untouched And Untainted&quot; Sacrament<br>7. The Lord's Supper: &quot;the Most Important Of All&quot;<br>conclusion<br>indexes