For a new generation of believers wondering about the meaning of the sacraments, here's a text that offers some clear and concrete explanations and answers. Ray Noll brings together the theology, history, and pastoral practice of the sacraments in a very readable, student-friendly book that is ideal for an introductory course on the sacraments. Sacraments, A New Understanding will engage adults who want to deepen their faith knowledge of the sacraments and their place in the life of the church. This book includes a CD-ROM containing articles and passages by some recognized theologians who have played a major role in reflecting on sacramental theology in our age. In addition, each chapter of the text includes thought-provoking questions both for review and further discussion; suggestions for projects and for further reader; and a glossary with key terms.
Ray Robert Noll
Brand: Twenty-Third Publications
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This introduction to contemporary sacramental theology is solid, but easy to read. A CD-ROM[included] provides a wealth of insights by other authors. Thought-provoking projects add another dimension. A joy.
I don't know where some reviewers are calling this book heretical. I have known the author personally for more than half a century. He was my English and Latin teacher as a Jesuit scholastic in the sixties. This book was researched and written on sabbatical while Ray was a professor of theology at the University of San Francisco. Ray Noll is devout and orthodox Catholic and deacon in the diocese of Santa Rosa, California. He and his wife Jean have been very hospitable to me on many occasions.. I used this book while I was doing my own MA in Theology. The cd that goes with the book presents many themes and discussions and takes the place of any references. I'm sorry but the negative reviewers sound woefully ignorant.
The author, Noll, argues that sacramentality is not totally limited to the seven formal sacraments of the Catholic Church; consequently, how painful and how exciting it is to be in the transition period we are in today with the old sacramental system gradually passing away and new dimensions, new intimations, new systems just beginning to show themselves. Have you heard enough? His book ends with a chapter on the future of sacraments where Noll suggests, for example, that as the consensus developed worldwide, the church would experience the ministry of women ordained as deacons and priests (p. 168). According to Br. Nicanor P.G. Austriaco, Jr., OP, the book "is fundamentally flawed. Though for Noll, the seven sacraments are 'formal ritual celebrations' which serve as symbols for the community, he fails to acknowledge that the sacraments are more than symbols. They also confer the grace that they signify (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1127)." Would you believe that this book is...
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