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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Responsible discipleship: The case for a new rite of confirmation
by Swartvagher, Marc Edwin, Ph.D., Fordham University, 2014, 251; 3630498
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Scott, Kieran
Commitee: Horell, Harold, Sherman, Anthony
School: Fordham University
Department: Religious Education
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
Publication Number: 3630498
ISBN: 978-1-321-08475-7
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