Honest Rituals, Honest Sacraments: Letting Go of Doctrines and Celebrating What's Real

Honest Rituals, Honest Sacraments: Letting Go of Doctrines and Celebrating What's Real

by Joseph Martos

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Overview

Honest rituals are ceremonial actions that celebrate what is actually happening in people's lives. Religious rituals, however, often celebrate beliefs and doctrines (e.g., the birth of Christ, God's forgiveness of sins, or the gifts of the Holy Spirit) that have little to do with people's experience. Martos argues that early Christian rituals were grounded in experiences such as conversion, community, commitment, and self-giving. Lacking a vocabulary to name such experiences, the authors of the New Testament and other early documents resorted to metaphors such as baptism into Christ, receiving the Holy Spirit, forgiveness by God, and the presence of Christ during worship. By the fourth century, however, those metaphors were taken to be unexperienced metaphysical realities rather than experienced realities. The medieval schoolmen developed philosophical explanations of what went on in church rituals, and the Catholic Church continues to teach that its sacraments are automatically effective despite growing evidence to the contrary. What if religious rituals were to regain their original authenticity? What if the guiding value in designing church ceremonies was honesty rather than liturgical correctness? After liberating the reader from doctrinal constraints, Martos invites Catholics into a re-visioning of the traditional sacraments and a reawakening of ritual imagination in non-Western cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532640476
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Joseph Martos is a retired professor of philosophy and theology. He is the author of many books and articles on sacraments and ritual, including Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to the Catholic Sacraments, The Sacraments: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study, and Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual.

Joseph Martos is a retired professor of philosophy and theology who has been a visiting professor or guest lecturer at more than two dozen universities and seminaries during his lengthy career. He is the author of Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church (1981, 1991, 2001, 2014) and The Sacraments: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study (2009).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xiii

1 Symbols and Meaning 1

2 Metaphors and Metaphysics 19

3 Schoolmen and Science 57

4 Religion and Reality 70

5 Ritual and Honesty 87

6 Honest Sacraments 106

Conclusion 153

Suggested Reading 155

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