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Rituals of Friendship

Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy

in Christian Symbol and Ritual

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195154115
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195154118.003.0004
Rituals of Friendship

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Friendship rituals help create the important relationships that give individuals self-worth and identity. In Christianity, the most important of these rituals is marriage. Marriage within Christianity can be understood as the clearest symbol of the selfless love of God for humans. This chapter details the history of marriage within Christianity, as well as the relations of marriage to the wedding ritual. An appendix explains the different Christian positions on the possibility of dissolving a Christian marriage through divorce or annulment.

Keywords: friendship; marriage; wedding; divorce; annulment

Chapter.  5852 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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