The Sacrament of Reconciliation: An Existential Approach

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Perrin (theology, Saint Paul U., Ottawa) wastes no time bemoaning the decline of the Catholic rite known familiarly as Confession since Vatican II, or what he sees as the more important impoverishment of the sense of the sacred in the wider church and society. Rather he takes on the task of rebuilding the ceremony, drawing heavily on Mircea Eliade's work on symbols and their mediating role in the interaction between the sacred and profane. He explains his existential and anthropological approach, examines Christian symbols and their relation to earlier and other symbolic universes, and rethinks the Christian reconciliation and its symbolic and sacramental enactment. Double spaced. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773482456
  • Publisher: Mellen, Edwin Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: Roman Catholic Studies
  • Pages: 180

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Symbolic Life: The Nature of the Human Condition 9
1 Hierophany: The Dialectic Of The Sacred 14
2 Tending Toward The Universal 21
3 The Symbol In Relationship To The Profane Environment 26
4 Personal Transformation Offered By The Symbol 28
5 The Unifying And Integrating Function Of Symbols 33
6 Coincidentia oppositorum 36
7 The Secularisation and Infantilism of Symbols 39
8 The Logic Of Symbols 46
9 Symbolism Of The Center 49
Ch. 2 Symbols in the Christian World 59
1 The Christian Inheritance 59
2 Christianity And The Symbol Of The Cosmic-Tree 64
3 The Newness of Christian Symbolism 68
4 Jesus Christ: The Centre Of All Symbols For The Christian 73
5 Christian Sacraments: The Meeting Of The Human And The Divine 78
6 Christianity And The Periodical Recovery Of The Beginnings 86
Ch. 3 The Symbol of Reconciliation 97
1 An Historical Survey Of The Christian Sacrament Of Reconciliation 98
2 In The Tradition Of New Beginnings 109
3 What Is Sin? 111
4 A Model of the Healing Process 116
5 Symbols For Healing 121
6 Some Practical Pastoral Suggestions 130
Conclusion 135
Bibliography 145
Index 153
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