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Sacraments: What, Why, and Wherefore

Marilyn McCord Adams

in Some Later Medieval Theories of the Eucharist

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199591053
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591053.003.0003
Sacraments: What, Why, and Wherefore

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New understandings of bodily placement and varieties of causal connections were provoked by a theological context in which the human being is thought of as having not only a nature but also a history, stretching between paradise and heaven. Sacraments — sensible signs of sacred things — are seen to be skillful means for Adam's fallen race. This chapter overviews such topics as the creation and the fall, the saving work of Christ, differences between old- vs new-law sacraments, and rationales for the seven new-law sacraments. Sacraments fit participants for worship and constitute acts of worship. The real presence of Christ's Body and Blood makes the eucharist pre-eminent by ushering the faithful into the throne room of the king. Reception brings the suitably prepared into deeper union with the mystical Body of Christ.

Keywords: bodily placement; sacraments; sacred things; new-law sacraments; old-law sacraments; Christ

Chapter.  9289 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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