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Fall 2004

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Jankiewicz, D. (2004). Sacramental theology and ecclesiastical authority. Andrews University Seminary Studies, 42(2), 361-382.

ISSN: 0003-2980


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

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Sacramental theology developed as a corollary to Christian soteriology. While Christianity promises salvation to all who accept it, different theories have developed as to how salvation is obtained or transmitted. Understanding the problem of the sacraments as the means of salvation, therefore, is a crucial soteriological issue of considerable relevance to contemporary Christians. Furthermore, sacramental theology exerts considerable influence upon ecclesiology, particularly ecclesiastical authority. The purpose of this paper is to present the historical development of sacramental theology, leading to the contemporary understanding of the sacraments within various Christian confessions; and to discuss the relationship between the sacraments and ecclesiastical authority, with special reference to the Roman Catholic Church and the churches of the Reformation.


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Darius Jankiewicz is affiliated with Avondale College of Higher Education as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer.

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