Responsible discipleship: The case for a new rite of confirmation

Marc Edwin Swartvagher, Fordham University

Abstract

This dissertation is a study of the contemporary practice of the sacrament of confirmation. It argues that the tension between the two theologies of confirmation, initiation and maturity, are ameliorated when a theology of discipleship is used to understand the nature and purpose of the sacrament. The research points to the need for a new rite of confirmation specifically designed for adolescent candidates, who were baptized as infants. By looking at the sacrament from the perspective of the field of Religious Education, a new theology of responsible discipleship emerges. It provides a new vision for the catechetical formation and liturgical celebration of the rite. ^

Subject Area

Theology|Education, Religious|Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Recommended Citation

Swartvagher, Marc Edwin, "Responsible discipleship: The case for a new rite of confirmation" (2014). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3630498.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3630498

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