Academic journal article Theological Studies

Conclusion

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Conclusion

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CONCLUSION

From this survey of literature on sacraments, it is clear that they are treated currently in a much wider liturgical, ecclesial, and theological context than was formerly the case. Even those who still adopt a neoclassical notion of sacrament, work out the categories of explanation in a new perspective and with more attention to the ecclesial and anthropological dimensions of word, sign, and celebration. The literature shows that sacramental theology can no longer be done without an interdisciplinary approach. Though this is used in a variety of ways, sacramental understanding and practice require insights provided by other sciences into rite and symbol, language forms and expressions, human communications, and liberative praxis.

Rather than start with a set notion of sacrament, many begin with the Church's sacramental practice and look for ways of interpreting this, even critically. In this latter vein, some examine particularly the laws of celebration, with emphasis on the axiom lex orandi lex credendi, while others look at the relation of sacrament to a larger ecclesial praxis, and indeed to issues of a full human liberation and empowerment. …

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