This dissertation is a study of the contemporary practice of the sacrament of confirmation. It argues that the tension between the two theologies of confirmation, initiation and maturity, are ameliorated when a theology of discipleship is used to understand the nature and purpose of the sacrament. The research points to the need for a new rite of confirmation specifically designed for adolescent candidates, who were baptized as infants. By looking at the sacrament from the perspective of the field of Religious Education, a new theology of responsible discipleship emerges. It provides a new vision for the catechetical formation and liturgical celebration of the rite.
|Commitee:||Horell, Harold, Sherman, Anthony|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Theology, Religious education, Curriculum development|
|Keywords:||Adolescent, Confirmation, Discipleship, Initiation, Maturity, Religious education|
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