Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Changing views of Christian sacramentalism: From the Church Fathers to the radical reformers
by Anagnos, Angelo G., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 104; 1486397
Abstract (Summary)

In early Christianity, symbols were defined as sacraments, the notion of something physical being more than just a location, activity or thing. The use of physical elements to stimulate all five human senses became central to early Christian understanding as a way to connect with the sacred. In later Christianity, the interpretations of these symbols changed significantly, revising the manner in which Western Christendom related with the sacred. An historical review of subsequent sacramental interpretation reveals a fascinating insight to the gradual removal of the sacred by society and religion from physical elements. Sacramentality has experienced four major changes in its Christian history, with all four taking place during major changes in society. In this study, the changes in Christian interpretations are highlighted and then related to the parallel movements in secular society, putting forth the argument that societal influences have, at times, replaced purely theological or spirit-driven interpretations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stone, Jon R.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious history, Philosophy of religion, Philosophy, Social structure
Publication Number: 1486397
ISBN: 978-1-124-24319-1
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