Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction / Edition 1

Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Bernard Cooke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195154126

ISBN-13: 9780195154122

Pub. Date: 09/01/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195154122
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : symbolism, root of ritual3
1Characteristics and functions of rituals19
2Rituals in the Christian context35
3Rituals of friendship55
4Rituals of Christian initiation69
5Rituals of prayer, worship, and the eucharist87
6Rituals of reconciliation109
7Rituals of service and ministry119
8Rituals for healing, suffering, death147
Conclusion : Christian life as ritual161

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