Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction

Paperback | August 24, 2005

byBernard Cooke, Gary Macy

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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 seetheir 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 humansalvation. Christian Symbol and Ritual is an invaluable resource for students, teachers, and lay readers.

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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 seetheir actions as symbolic or ritualistic. The...

Gary Macy is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. He has published widely in the area of Christian ritual, including The Banquet's Wisdom: A Short History of the Theologies of the Lord's Supper, 2nd ed. (2005). Bernard Cooke is the Loyola Professor of Theology Emeritus at the College of the Holy Cross and aut...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.51 inPublished:August 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195154126

ISBN - 13:9780195154122

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"A very accessible, well-written, and inviting introduction by two of the best sacramental theologians writing today. Filled with valuable historical background as well as practical relevance, this book will help teachers and students in a variety of settings to come to grips with themany-faceted dimensions of Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament. At a time when many seek meaningful symbols and rituals outside of the mainstream, this book will help to break open the rich storehouse within the tradition." --Susan A. Ross, Professor of Theology and Faculty Scholar, LoyolaUniversity Chicago