Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2005 M09 8 - 192 páginas
In Christian Symbol and Ritual, Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy offer an accessible and engaging introduction to the topic written from a non-denominational perspective. Cooke and Macy demonstrate that celebration, ritual, and symbol are already central to our lives, even though most do not see their actions as symbolic or ritualistic. They connect central Christian symbols to the symbols and rituals already present in everyday life and place Christian theology in a familiar context. After discussing the characteristics and functions of rituals, they explore different kinds of ritual, including those of friendship, worship, and healing. The authors also examine such questions as how rituals establish and maintain power relationships, how "official" rituals are different from "popular" Christian rituals and devotions, and how Christian rituals function in the process of human salvation. Christian Symbol and Ritual is an invaluable resource for students, teachers, and lay readers.
 

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Symbolism Root of Ritual
3
1 Characteristics and Functions of Rituals
19
2 Rituals in the Christian Context
35
3 Rituals of Friendship
55
4 Rituals of Christian Initiation
69
5 Rituals of Prayer Worship and the Eucharist
87
6 Rituals of Reconciliation
109
7 Rituals of Service and Ministry
119
8 Rituals for Healing Suffering Death
147
Christian Life as Ritual
161
Suggestions for Further Reading
171
Index
175
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