Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church

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Liquori/Triumph, 2001 - Sacraments - 477 pages
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A work of major importance, written for an ecumenical audience, Doors to the Sacred is a sweeping and detailed account of the historical and cultural evolution of sacramental rituals and practices.

Since its initial publication, the book has garnered widespread critical acclaim and has become a mainstay not only for students but for all thinking Christians who want to understand the past fully while making their present participation in the sacraments more genuine and intelligent. Martos has greatly expanded all of the bibliographic material and has incorporated the latest developments in theological study and inquiry. His focus is on the seven ecclesial sacraments of the Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing, Marriage, and Orders.

Though based on thorough research and impressive scholarship, Doors to the Sacred is written in a lively style that will be welcomed by a general audience.


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Very analytic analysis of the Catholic Churchs teachings on the sacraments an outsiders view of the history behind them and a review of teachings on the sacraments themselves. Read full review

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Book is easy to read and deep in history & background. But, unfortunately and cleverly, leaves out certain key pieces to drive modernist catholic agenda. If you want to develop the integrity of true Catholic grounding, this is not the book. The author touts expertise in contemporary and traditional theology in his bio. This is your biggest clue that sets the tone. It is disturbing that many diocese use this book as part of their permanent deaconate, continuing education and catechetical training programs. 


Sacraments in All Religions
The Beginnings of the Christian Sacraments
The Development of the Catholic Sacraments

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Joseph Martos is a respected educator, speaker, author and authority on the interaction of religious experience, theological ideas, cultural developments and liturgical ritual down through the ages. His work is interdisciplinary, accessible, and takes a balanced approach. His website,, contains biographical and contact information, as well as significant material on these and related topics.

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