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Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction (Bernard Cooke Gary Macy) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2005) 9780195154122
Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction (Bernard Cooke Gary Macy) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2005) 9780195154122
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Title: Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction

Author: Cooke, Bernard Gary Macy

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780195154122

Volumes: 1; Pages: 192

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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.Table of ContentsIntroduction: symbolism, root of ritual 1 Characteristics and functions of rituals 2 Rituals in the Christian context 3 Rituals of friendship 4 Rituals of Christian initiation 5 Rituals of prayer, worship, and the eucharist 6 Rituals of reconciliation 7 Rituals of service and ministry 8 Rituals for healing, suffering, death Conclusion: Christian life as ritual
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