Rituals of Reconciliation

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:
Rituals of Reconciliation

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An important part of Jesus’ ministry was his forgiveness of sin with an accompanying offer of reconciliation. Christians continued that ministry through rituals of reconciliation for those members of the Christian community who had failed to live the life to which they had pledged themselves. Over the centuries, Christians practiced both public and private forms of confession and of penance. This chapter explores the theology behind these practices, and offers an overview of the history and present practice of Christian reconciliation.

Keywords: reconciliation; sin; penance; confession

Chapter.  4002 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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