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Themes in Catholic Thought

4. The Principle of Sacramentality

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In this module, we examine the principle of sacramentality, focusing in particular on (i) the nature of sacraments, and the seven sacraments in Catholic thought (ii) sacramentality, Christ and the Church (iii) the mystery of the sacrament (iv) sacramentality and God’s interaction with the world.


In this course, Professor Lewis Ayres (University of Durham) explores some of the major themes in Catholic thought. In the first module, we consider changes in Catholic doctrine following the publication of four documents of the Second Vatican Council. In the second module, we examine the unique relationship between Church authority and theology, and the ecclesial identity of the Church. In the third module, we look at Catholic social thought, including the Church’s views on economics, politics, relationships, the family, and the environment. In the fourth and final module, we examine the nature and significance of the principle of sacramentality in Catholic theology and social teaching.


Professor Lewis Ayres is a lecturer in Catholic and Historical Theology at Durham University. His research interests are in Trinitarian theology in Augustine and in the Greek writers of the fourth century. His publications include Augustine and the Trinity (2010), and Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth Century Theology (2004).

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