Sacred Actions In The Medieval And Reformation Eras

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The Middle Ages witnessed some far-reaching developments in the theology and practice of the sacraments. This article traces these developments and explains the nature of the Reformation debate which arose out of them.

Medieval Christian culture was a highly ritualized culture in which all actions of social, political, and economic life (e. g. , marriage negotiations, choosing and crowning kings, setting off for war, the exchange of gifts) were charged with symbolic meaning. Nearly all early...


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