The Power of Ritual

Bernard Cooke

in Power and the Spirit of God

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195174519
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835119 | DOI:
 The Power of Ritual

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Humans constantly ritualize their worldview, give ritual expression to their individual and group identities, thereby form and shape communities, and establish power alignments within a group. Causative relation of ritualizing to a group's ideology and purpose. Early Christian association of Spirit of God with rituals, animating and empowering them to effect community. Eucharistic celebration understood as central Christian ritual, not as spectacle, that effects divine transforming presence in the Spirit.

Keywords: community; Eucharist; identity; ideology; ritualizing; presence

Chapter.  3915 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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