from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The doctrine that observance of the sacraments is necessary for salvation and that such participation can confer grace.
- n. Emphasis on the efficacy of a sacramental.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The belief that observance of the sacraments is necessary for salvation, or belief in their efficacy; sacramentarianism.
- n. The belief that the natural world is a reflection or imitation of a perfect supernatural one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine and use of sacraments; attachment of excessive importance to sacraments.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that there is in the sacraments themselves by Christ's institution a direct spiritual efficacy to confer grace upon the recipient.
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They want a new style of sacramentalism, that isn't steeped in authority.
I think I understand how the typical Protestant feels about sacramentalism not only because I was a
Of course the theme of sacramentalism, which really means the cultural expression of Christianity, will be central to any such book, but MacCulloch has a consistently sure touch here.
Can the Church of England develop a new style of public sacramentalism, with which to rival Rome?
Yes, much has been written about the influences of Jesus Christ, sacramentalism, Catholic doctrine, and Catholic saints Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, and others, but I'll do some digging around and see if my "theory" has been elsewhere explored.
Some scholars have posited that this is because, having written latest he is taking a position against early forms of sacramentalism that were beginning to arise in the church.
By the Middle Ages, Augustine's view predominated, although it stood in tension with the sacramentalism of medieval piety -- the belief that the church's sacraments bestow some measure of grace on the worshipper.
In his list of six primary features of martyr narratives, Marotti singles out two as uniquely Catholic: the "sacralizing of these sites of suffering and execution by means of Catholic prayer, sacramentalism, and ceremonialism" and "the occurrence of supernatural signs and wonders and the conversion of the bodies and body parts of the martyrs into saints' relics" 78.
But contemporary Protestants do need to give up the instinctive anti-sacramentalism that infects so much of Protestantism, especially American Protestantism.
“Whether it is the deep metaphors of covenant as in Judaism, Islam and Reformed Protestantism; sacrament as in Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy; the yin and yang of Confucianism; the quasi-sacramentalism of Hinduism; or the mysticism often associated with allegedly modern romantic love,”?
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