Author Faculty (Discipline)

Theology

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2015

Book

South Pacific perspectives on ordination: Biblical, theological and historical studies in an Adventist context pp. 180-206

ISBN

9780958159128

Embargo Period

9-1-2015

ANZSRC / FoR Code

220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

Avondale Research Centre

Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

B1

Peer Review

Before publication

Abstract

While Catholic theology places importance on the sacramental nature of ordination, Protestants have generally rejected the idea. This paper examines whether a biblical case can be made for ordination to be considered a sacrament. It notes that for ordination to be a sacrament it must have obvious symbolism, convey grace, be instituted by Christ, and convey a mark or seal that distinguishes between laity and clergy. The paper concludes that while laying on of hands is clearly symbolic, there is no other biblical evidence to support ordination as a sacrament.

Comments

Used by permission: the author and Avondale Academic Press.

South Pacific perspectives on ordination: Biblical, theological and historical studies in an Adventist context may be accessed from the publisher here.

Staff and Students of Avondale College may access South Pacific perspectives on ordination: Biblical, theological and historical studies in an Adventist context from Avondale College Library (262.146732 H88).


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