Sacraments, Why Ceasing?

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:
Sacraments, Why Ceasing?

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Medieval Christians insisted that sacraments are relevant only to human life in this present state, not to the prequel (paradise until the fall) or the sequel (cosmic conflagration, recreation of a stripped down material universe, the judgment, heaven and hell). This chapter argues that their picture of human history is driven by a contemplative ideal that misfits many of their other theoretical commitments regarding human nature, epistemology, and Christology. It closes by suggesting strategies for reintegration that make it less obvious that sacraments will cease.

Keywords: sacraments; cosmic conflagration; judgment; human nature; epistemology; Christology

Chapter.  8374 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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