Book recommendations Subject Absolution

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P A | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, May 22 2016 9:03 AM


I  am looking for:

Book recommendations  Subject Absolution

From different theological perspectives.

Are there any classic works on the subject that must be read?



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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 22 2016 1:26 PM

Given the variety of contexts in which it appears I doubt that there is such a work. The views should be ACELO churches (Anglican- Catholic - Eastern Orthodox - Lutheran - Oriental Orthodox) plus Methodists. The contexts should be Divine Liturgy/Primary Sunday Service/Mass, Penance Service, Private Confession/Sacrament of Reconciliation. So books on liturgical theology, penance and (minor) sacraments should all have relevant sections. I would suggest that you start with the external references from the wikipedia article to hone the question to the point that we might be able to offer suggestions. However, there are two books of liturgical theology that are classics everyone should know:

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 22 2016 2:28 PM

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together has a well known section on this topic... I have heard great things about Harold Senkbeil's Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness, but have yet to read it...

Since Confessional practice was the very battleground of the Lutheran Reformation, our doctrinal standards have many references... Augsburg Confession 11-12 (briefly), and 25 and of course the defense of this in the Apology... But really the classic Lutheran treatment is from later editions of the Small Catechism - How simple people are to confess. Luther also ends his Large Catechism with a plea and explanation of Confession and Forgiveness.

The Gospel is not ... a "new law," on the contrary, ... a "new life." - William Julius Mann

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