Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Rudolph Harms

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30


In the past few years it has come to the attention of many people that the practice of confirmation in the Lutheran Church may need some revision, or At, least some restudy, in order for it to remain in a proper perspective that would be a clear witness to the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. The purpose of this study is to explore the rite of confirmation as practiced in the Lutheran Church. Much emphasis will be given to the development of confirmation from the early Church until the present practice of Lutheran confirmation in the United States. This study will also focus upon the significance and status of the various aspects of the confirmation rite. Another important area of study will be the relationship of the confirmation rite to the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion. This study will also take into account the aspect of Christian education and possible alternatives to our present practice of requiring confirmation before admission to Holy Communion.

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