The Journey of Christian Initiation: Theological and Pastoral Perspectives

by Paul Avis

The Journey of Christian Initiation:  Theological and Pastoral Perspectives
Publication date: 2011-06-15
Number of pages: 128
ISBN: 9780715142370
Perfect for priests and pastoral leaders in the Church of England looking for more information about joining the church, through baptism, confirmation and admission to communion.

This helpful volume sets out to clarify the Church of England's thinking about baptism, confirmation and admission to communion, and addresses some very practical questions in relation to ministry in this area.

Discussion of the topic is grounded in the New Testament and the early Church, and is traced through the development of the Church's theology and practice of initiation from the medieval and Reformation periods up to the present. Drawing on the Book of Common Prayer (1662), the Thirty-nine Articles and Common Worship, as well as on Scripture and the Church's tradition, it sheds light on contemporary practice and understanding, which can - and do - vary locally.

Anglican approaches to Christian initiation are also explored in relation to those of other churches.

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Hind

1 Introduction: Christian initiation - a pilgrimage of grace (Paul Avis)
2 Is baptism 'complete sacramental initiation'? (Paul Avis)
3 Baptism and confirmation - from the New Testament to the Reformation (Martin Davie)
4 Baptism in the journey of Christian initiation (Harriet Harris)
5 Confirmation and Christian unity (Martin Davie)
6 The minister of confirmation (Christopher Hill)
7 The rites of Christian initiation - a bishop's theological reflections on liturgical practice (Stephen Platten)
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