Martin Luther and the Seven Sacraments: A Contemporary Protestant Reappraisal
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Martin Luther famously reduced the sacraments from seven to two (baptism and the Lord's Supper). As a result, Christians from the Protestant tradition have often ignored important traditional and even biblical disciplines in their faith because of their misunderstanding of Luther’s intentions. Luther did see benefits in the other five sacraments (penance, confirmation, marriage, ordination, and extreme unction). Maybe it's time to more positively reassess his mediating position, thus overcoming objections expressed by later Reformers.

Martin Luther and the Seven Sacraments reviews the thoughts of Martin Luther and many of the other Protestant Reformers in the sixteenth century to see how they actually attempted to shape their Christian followers regarding the sacraments and practices of the Christian faith. Brian C. Brewer attempts to underscore both the importance of the two Protestant sacraments and a strong understanding of other Christian practices that help to strengthen a Christian’s faith in Christ.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801049474
ISBN-13: 9780801049477

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This introduction to Martin Luther's sacramental theology addresses a central question in the life of the church and in ecumenical dialogue. Although Luther famously reduced the sacraments from seven to two (baptism and the Lord's Supper), he didn't completely dismiss the others. Instead, he positively recast them as practices in the church. This book explores the medieval church's understanding of the seven sacraments and the Protestant rationale for keeping or eliminating each sacrament. It also explores implications for contemporary theology and worship, helping Protestants imagine ways of reclaiming lost benefits of the seven sacraments.

Author Bio

Brian C. Brewer (PhD, Drew University) is associate professor of Christian theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. He is a seasoned pastor and the author or editor of several books.

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