Baptism in Der Geist der Liturgie

The Place of the Theology of Baptism in Ratzinger’s Theology of the Liturgy

Matthijs van Ittersum

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Abstract

This study demonstrates that Ratzinger’s theology of Baptism is situated in the framework of a historical and cosmological perspective on the Liturgy. Historically, Baptism cannot be truly understood if we fail to see and comprehend its shadow in the Old Testament where it has its «origin». At the same time, contemporary Baptism points as image to the reality of the crucified and resurrected Christ present in the Liturgy of the Church. Baptism is more than just a Christian ritual that initiates one into the religion of Christianity; it takes place in creation and uses created matter so as to make us contemporaries of Christ’s historical death and resurrection. Finally, the indicative of the believer’s participation in Christ’s work by way of Baptism prescribes the imperative of the new life.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGregorianum
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Oct 2018

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Resurrection
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Believer
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