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date: 21 January 2019

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Reformed and Anglican churches alike would do well to refamiliarize themselves with their Reformational beginnings (as well as, it should be added, with their earlier catholic heritage). For the sake of renewal through retrieval, this chapter offers commentary on Reformed and Anglican confessional statements as they address the two sacraments: baptism and Eucharist. These contested areas of sacramental theology are considered following an initial focus upon the question of authority. The chapter concludes by returning to the material concern of the Reformed Reformation—the doctrine of grace—and an analysis of its operative effect upon sacramental faith and practice. In so doing we see that the primary concern of the Reformed confessions in the sixteenth century was to realign sacramental practice with the shape of the gospel economy.

Keywords: reformed confessions, sacraments, John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, authority, baptism, Eucharist/Lord’s Supper, grace, faith

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