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Christian Symbol and Ritual

Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195154115
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195154118.001.0001
Christian Symbol and Ritual

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This book introduces readers, with little or no background in Christianity, to the theology and history of Christian rituals. It opens with a brief explanation of the role of symbols in human life based on recent anthropological studies. A short introduction to key Christian concepts follows, explaining the role that rituals perform in the Christian worldview. The authors are careful to translate concepts, such as salvation, grace, and sacrament, for those unaccustomed to Christianity. Five areas in which ritual activity central to Christianity are then investigated: friendship, initiation, prayer, ministry or service, and suffering and death. The book is written from an explicitly nondenominational point of view, and offers an explanation of those areas where Christian groups understand or practice rituals differently. The final chapter investigates symbols and rituals that are important to Christianity, but not usually included in lists of Christian “sacraments”.

Keywords: Christianity; friendship; initiation; prayer; ministry; sacrament

Book.  208 pages. 

Subjects: Christianity

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Introduction in Christian Symbol and Ritual

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Characteristics and Functions of Rituals in Christian Symbol and Ritual

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Rituals in the Christian Context in Christian Symbol and Ritual

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Rituals of Friendship in Christian Symbol and Ritual

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Rituals of Christian Initiation in Christian Symbol and Ritual

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Rituals of Reconciliation in Christian Symbol and Ritual

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Rituals of Service and Ministry in Christian Symbol and Ritual

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Rituals for Healing, Suffering, Death in Christian Symbol and Ritual

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