The Sacraments

Voorkant
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1969 - 304 pagina's
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The Sacraments is the tenth work to appear in the American edition of Berkouwer's monumental Studies in Dogmatics. In it the author examines, explicates, and defends the Reformed teaching on the sacraments in the light of the Word of God and church theology. In the process, Berkouwer discusses and evaluates the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and various contemporary views of the sacraments.

His method is to construct a general concept of the "sacraments" first, during which he takes into consideration the sacraments proper (baptism and the Lord's Supper). He does not seek to analyze the essence of "the sacraments" apart from a consideration of the individual sacraments, for, Berkouwer contends, the nature of the sacraments turns precisely upon the concrete givenness of baptism and the Lord's Supper in the historical revelation in Christ.

The study proceeds to deal with the questions of: the number of sacraments, the relation between Word and sacrament, the efficacy of the sacraments in relation to faith, the nature of Christ's presence in the sacrament, the meaning of "sign and seal," and the controversial questions of infant baptism and open communion. In treating these issues, Berkouwer sorts out the massive complications that have developed over the years and, with devout faith and unfaltering logic, threads his way between confusion and oversimplification.

 

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CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
13
THE NUMBER OF SACRAMENTS
27
WORD AND SACRAMENT
43
THE EFFICACY OF THE SACRAMENTS
56
THE INSTITUTION OF BAPTISM
90
BAPTISM AND FAITH
110
THE SACRAMENTS AS SIGNS AND SEALS
134
INFANT BAPTISM
161
THE INSTITUTION OF THE LORDS SUPPER
188
SYMBOL OR REALITY?
202
THE REAL PRESENCE
219
UNWORTHY PARTAKERS
244
THE LORDS SUPPER A SACRIFICE?
259
THE LORDS SUPPER A COMMON TABLE?
279
Index
297
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