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Christian Symbol and Ritual

Christian Symbol and Ritual - 05 edition

Christian Symbol and Ritual - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780195154122

ISBN10: 0195154126

Christian Symbol and Ritual by Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy - ISBN 9780195154122
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Christian Symbol and Ritual by Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy - ISBN 9780195154122

ISBN13: 9780195154122

ISBN10: 0195154126

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Summary

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.