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The Journey of Christian Initiation

Theological and Pastoral Perspectives

The Journey of Christian Initiation

Theological and Pastoral Perspectives

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£16.99

Publisher: Church House Publishing
ISBN: 9780715142370
Published: 29/04/2011

This helpful volume sets out to clarify the Church of England's thinking about baptism, confirmation and admission to communion, and addresses some very practical questions in relation to ministry in this area.

Discussion of the topic is grounded in the New Testament and the early Church, and is traced through the development of the Church's theology and practice of initiation from the mediaeval and Reformation periods up to the present. Drawing on the Book of Common Prayer (1662), the Thirty-nine Articles and Common Worship, as well as on Scripture and the Church's tradition, it sheds light on contemporary practice and understanding, which can - and do - vary locally.

Anglican approaches to Christian initiation are also explored in relation to those of other churches.

Paul Avis

Paul Avis is the Diocese of Exeter's first Canon Theologian and a member of the Royal College of Chaplains. He has also been affiliated with the University of Exeter since the early 1980s, becoming an honorary Professor of Theology in 2009. Paul set up the Centre for the Study of the Christian Church at Exeter, of which he is the Honorary Director. In 2004 he founded the international journal Ecclesiology of which he is the Convening Editor.

Paul D. L. Avis, Martin Davie, Harriet A. Harris

Paul Avis is Head of the Council for Christian Unity at Church House. Martin Davie is Theological Consultant to the House of Bishops. Harriet Harris is Chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford. Christopher Hill is the Bishop of Guildford. Stephen Platten is Bishop of Wakefield and Chair of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England.