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1. The doctrine that observance of the sacraments is necessary for salvation and that such participation can confer grace.
2. Emphasis on the efficacy of a sacramental.

sac′ra·men′tal·ist n.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) belief in or special emphasis upon the efficacy of the sacraments for conferring grace
ˌsacraˈmentalist n
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(ˌsæk rəˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm)

a belief in or emphasis on the importance and efficacy of the sacraments for achieving salvation and conferring grace.
sac`ra•men′tal•ist, n.
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1. the theological doctrines concerning the sacraments.
2. the doctrines asserting that the sacraments are necessary to salvation as a conveyor of grace to a human soul. — sacramentalist, n.
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Ellsberg is the author of the classic study Created to Praise: The Language of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1987), and in the new volume, as in the previous work, her prime concern is with Hopkins's sacramentalism.
When confronted with the priestly office and sacramentalism of Roman Catholicism along with deified humanism and animism of primitive cultures, many Southern Baptist missionaries discovered that the gulf that separated them from their Presbyterian and Methodist friends was not so wide and deep after all.
However, these investigations rarely went beyond the study of sacramentalism. I thus wish to examine how the influence of religion and the resonance of a pre-Reformation culture of faith reinforced popular belief in post-Reformation England, outside of the realm of doctrinal and sacramental religion.
(72) Yet though More might have been reasonably happy with such an authoritarian prospect, he would have approved of neither the deism of the Utopians nor the watered down sacramentalism of Calvin that enabled it to be enthusiastically put into effect.
The rich sacramentalism of Catholicism and the Ignatian principle of "finding God in all things" practiced by Black Elk's Jesuit contemporaries may have influenced his way of relating to the cosmos and the divine.
One of the most frequent criticisms of the Movement, especially from other conservative free-church traditions, has been to charge Churches of Christ/Christian Churches with sacramentalism, a belief that the act of baptism is what brings about the grace of forgiveness and cleansing in the baptized believer.
Conradie identifies an environmental ethic in core Christian ideas like "the classic Christian virtue of voluntary poverty that finds joy in the simple life" (33), stewardship (81) and sacramentalism which highlights "communion within the earth community" (95).
There is an extensive Catholic theological tradition of sacramentalism. Such a doxological understanding of human participation in all life is helpful in combating functional dualism.
which I would call sacramentalism," suggesting "that our material world ...
But the liturgical aesthetics is balanced by heartfelt symbolism (or what I may call "sacramentalism").
Potter is particularly good on the theme of sacramentalism that pervades Helena and much of Waugh's work, as well as Spark's: "Arrival in Jerusalem, therefore, from a Catholic perspective, as expounded by Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark, is not a rejection of worldly identities in favor of the spiritual, but an arrival at a sense of the inclusion of the physical and spiritual worlds in each other" (137).
describes the development that goes from the Christian rationalism of Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe (a religious style that marginalizes sacramentalism as the troublemaking part of religion [132]) to Deism as an alternative form of faith in divine reason and "a profound disaster to Protestant theology" (142).