The Sacraments by Joseph Martos

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What are the sacraments, really? For centuries, the religious lives of Catholics and other Christians have revolved around church rituals with generally accepted individual and social effects. What, precisely, are those effects, and how are they produced? Traditional theology used Greek philosophy to understand the sacraments and how they work. But is there no other way to understand them? In fact, there are a number of ways, and this book invites you to look at the sacraments through a variety of lenses: psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, theology, morality, and spirituality. As the introduction to this volume challenges, "If you read this book, and especially if you engage in the interactive study to which it invites you, your understanding of sacraments will be changed forever."

About Joseph Martos

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Joseph Martos is a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and director of the Russell Institute of Religion and Ministry at Spalding University.
Published November 3, 2010 by The Liturgical Press. 281 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Too much theology, too little anthropology and cultural history in this otherwise competent survey.

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