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"I would like to help people realize how much the understanding and practice of the sacraments has changed over the past 2,000 years. Change is a fact of life, even in the Church. What follows are some historical observations, organized by topic which can act as a kind of “glossary” for understanding the development of the celebration of the sacraments and to inspire and engage our thinking about the sacramental life. Sacraments are not just a Catholic concern. Sacraments are Christian realities." - Jack Dick


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John Alonzo (“Jack”) Dick is an American historical theologian who has lived and taught in Belgium for more than twenty-five years. His primary interests today are religion and values in the United States, fundamentalism, and Christian nationalism. He holds licentiates in historical theology from the University of Nijmegen and from the Catholic University of Leuven and doctorates in religious studies (PhD) and historical theology (STD) from the Catholic University of Leuven. Among the books Jack has written are: The Malines Conversations Revisited (1989); From Malines to ARCIC (1997) with A. Denaux; Aggiornamento?: Catholicism from Gregory XVI to Benedict XVI (2013) with J. Mettepenningen and K. Schelkens. His most recent book is Jean Jadot: Paul’s Man in Washington (2021)available from Amazon as an e-book or as a paperback.

The Sacraments: Then and Now by John Alonzo Dick, PhD, STD

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