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1. Problem of Definition

When we try to define the term “sacrament” generally, that is, to grasp conceptually what theological presuppositions are accepted in calling certain things sacraments, whether baptism and the Eucharist in the Reformation tradition, or also confirmation (or chrismation), penance (Penitence), matrimony (Marriage and Divorce), holy orders, and anointing of the sick (Laying on of Hands) in that of Roman Catholics and the Orthodox, we run up …

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Sattler, Dorothea, “Sacrament”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.4>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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