A few years ago I posted a few blogs about Communion with out Baptism (CWOB). In those posts I took a stance against it. You can read earlier posts in the categories section on the right hand side.
I have been rethinking this position lately. Epistemological humility should be paramount to the pastor/theologian. So, I have decided to reevaluate previously held positions and ask some questions.
Questions I have to answer.
- Have the sacraments always been viewed in the same way? We do have two thousand years of history of theological development that has come from the church.
- Once Lutheran theology developed it’s understanding of the sacraments, does that mean it can’t be further analyzed and readjusted according to culture, context, and history? When I think of the atonement and how much we have moved from certain models to the current ones, it makes me think that this could be the case for the sacraments.
- Could the church, being led by the Spirit, be moved to re-imagine the connections between the sacraments?
- Can all of these questions be answered that is faithful to the witness of the scriptures?