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Professor Alfonso Berlanga publishes 'La iniciación cristiana. Baptism and confirmation'.

This is the 27th volume of the collection 'Manuales del high school Superior de Ciencias Religiosas (ISCR)' of the University of Navarra.

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Cover of the book. PHOTO: Courtesy
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Alfonso Berlanga. PHOTO: Manuel Castells
07/11/19 12:52 Chus Cantalapiedra

The high school Superior de Ciencias Religiosas de la Universidad de Navarra (ISCR) has published La iniciación cristiana. Baptism and Confirmation. The volume, written by Alfonso Berlanga, professor at School of Theology, is the twenty-seventh book in the ISCR Manuals collection published by EUNSA.

The book has a solid biblical, patristic and celebrative basis, with a unitary approach of the sacraments of initiation: baptism is perfected by confirmation in view of the fullness of the Eucharist. Professor Berlanga points out that, as was already the case in the first centuries of Christianity, the evangelising challenge persists in welcoming those who seek the faith of the Church, or to strengthen those who persevere in it, and stresses that in the neo-pagan era in which we live, many questions that have been collected in this guide are still alive and have been faced in a special way, "because theology, as an ecclesial activity, cannot disengage from life and the world".

Some of these questions are: how to adequately prepare the catechesis for children and adults, how the missionary responsibility in Christian communities can be promote , in what order the sacraments of initiation should be administered or how to reconstruct the channels of transmission of the faith (family, parish, high school) for the new generations.

Alfonso Berlanga Gaona is Associate Professor of Liturgy and Sacraments at the University of Navarra. He holds a PhD in Theology from the Università della Santa Croce (Rome) and is a member of the association Española de Profesores de Liturgia. 

The 'ISCR Handbooks Collection' is addressed to parents, catechists and trainers, teachers of religion or professionals from different fields who feel the need to improve their scientific knowledge faith.

The books published so far are the following: Introduction to Theology, Ethics, Mariology, Philosophy of Science, Pauline Writings, Pentateuch and Historical Books, Theological Anthropology, Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, Mystery of God, Ecclesiology, Theology of Creation, Prophetic Books, Poetic and Sapiential Books, Morals of the Person: The Virtues, Philosophy of the Person, Fundamental Morals, Theology of the mission statement, Christology, Introduction to the Philosophy, The Johannine Writings and Catholic Letters, Philosophical Anthropology: The Human Person, Eucharist, Social Morals, Patrology, Introduction to the Sacred Scripture and Theory of the knowledge.