Christian Symbol and Ritual An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0195154126
ISBN-13: 9780195154122
Edition: 2005
List price: $25.00
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

Introduction: Symbolism, Root of Ritual
Characteristics and Functions of Rituals
Rituals in the Christian Context
Rituals of Friendship
Rituals of Christian Initiation
Rituals of Prayer, Worship, and the Eucharist
Rituals of Reconciliation
Rituals of Service and Ministry
Rituals for Healing, Suffering, Death
Conclusion: Christian Life as Ritual
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