The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation (Google eBook)

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Liturgical Press, 2007 - Religion - 487 pages
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Originally published in 1999, The Rites of Christian Initiation was haled for its clarity and comprehensiveness. Kalian McDonnell, OSB, called it the best overall treatment of Christian initiation available, and Paul Bradshaw predicted it would be the standard textbook on the subject for very many years to come." The current edition draws on new translations of early texts on baptism as well as recent scholarship on the early traditions in the East and West. It is sure to replace itself as the new standard reference on the rites of Christian initiation.

Maxwell E. Johnson's expanded and revised text provides a more complete view of the history and interpretation of the rites in the Eastern Church, including two chapters that explore the pre-Nicene Eastern and Western traditions in detail. Revisiting the theology of baptism, this edition also provides more nuanced positions on the Eastern and Western traditions. Finally, recent liturgical developments in American Protestant churches, particularly Lutheran, as well as the ongoing development of the RCIA and confirmation practices of Catholics, made it necessary to revisit the place and meaning of these rites in the church today.

Maxwell E. Johnson, PhD, is professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame and an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has published in Worship and is the editor of and contributor to Living Water, Sealing Spirit: Readings on Christian Initiation (Liturgical Press, 1995) and the revised and expanded edition of E.C. Whitaker, Documents of the Baptismal Liturgy (Liturgical Press and S.P.C.K., 2003), to which this study serves as a companion volume.

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A thorough study of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) from the very beginning. Johnson is a Lutheran scholar. He gives a thorough and balanced overview across the traditions. It's something stellar to study, and its definitely a textbook. Read full review

Contents

The Origins of the Rites of Christian Initiation
1
Christian Initiation in the Prenicene East
41
Christian Initiation in the Prenicene West
83
Initiation in the Christian East During the Fourth and Fifth Centuries
115
Initiation in the Christian West During the Fourth and Fifth Centuries
159
Baptismal Preparation and the Origins of Lent
201
Christian Initiation in the Middle Ages
219
The Rites of Initiation in the Christian East
269
Christian Initiation in the Protestant and Catholic Reforms of the Sixteenth Century
309
Christian Initiation in the Churches Today
375
Back Home to the Font The Place of a Baptismal Spirituality and Its Implications in a Displaced World
451
Index
479
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Page 1 - Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Page 12 - How GoD anointed JESUS of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for GoD was with him.
Page 18 - And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Page 13 - Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.
Page 12 - Lord of all) , the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

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Maxwell E. Johnson is professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His numerous publications are on the origins and development of early Christian liturgy as well as on current ecumenical theological questions, especially among Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and Lutherans. He is the author and/or editor of over fifteen books and seventy essays and articles in books and journals. He is also a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, "Societas Liturgica", and the Society of Oriental Liturgy.

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