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Baptismal Exorcism: an exercise in liturgical theology

Jansons, Linards (2011) Baptismal Exorcism: an exercise in liturgical theology. Lutheran Theological Journal, 45 (3). pp. 183-197. ISSN 0024-7553

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    The practice of exorcism has been a distinct, even dominant, feature of the baptismal rite of many liturgical traditions until relatively recent times. While the notion of exorcism may conjure up theatrical images of screeching demoniacs and cross wielding priests, the fact is that most Christians, throughout much of history, underwent exorcism at least once in their life - at the font. The current baptismal order of the Lutheran Church of Australia also preserves (or has reintroduced) a brief, optional form of exorcism.1 The inclusion of this rite is somewhat unusual among baptismal orders today, although it must be noted that many orders still retain some form of renunciation of the devil, which although distinct from the exorcism, is related to (and follows from) it.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Baptism--History of doctrines, Demoniac possession, Christian life, Mystagogy
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Church History
    Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2014 14:53
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 11:08
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1388

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