Review: The Many Paths of the Independent Sacramental Movement

The Many Paths of the Independent Sacramental MovementThe Many Paths of the Independent Sacramental Movement by John P. Plummer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting survey into the life of the “Independent Sacramental Movement”, a phenomenon probably more present in the American religious landscape than the Australian, but one which is interesting to explore. This book, essentially the doctoral dissertation of the author (himself a bishop within the movement), asks some very interesting questions about ministry and theology even for those outside the movement.

Drawing on his own search for a sacramental home, Plummer explores the history, the liturgical dimensions, the theological background, and the leadership dimension (i.e., the understanding of holy orders) across the breadth of the independent sacramental movement in the United States. It is a sympathetic though honest exploration, which in my opinion adds to the authenticity of the work and helps with the raising of questions for those outside the same movement and outside the United States.

Such a volume is not for everyone. For those with even a passing interest in sacramental theology, however, this book helps clarify some interesting questions that can be thus explored elsewhere.

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