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|Existing books on Christian ritual and the sacraments tend to presuppose a good acquaintance with Roman Catholic thought and practice. Today, however, even at Catholic institutions students tend to lack even a basic kwledge of Christian ritual. Moreover, for many modern people the word ritual carries negative contations of rigidity and boredom. In this accessibly-written book two ted authors offer an engaging introduction to this important topic. Their goal is first to demonstrate that celebration, ritual and symbol are already central to the readers' lives, even though most do t see their actions as symbolic or ritualistic. Once this point has been made, the book connects central Christian symbols to the symbols and rituals already present in the readers' lives. The Christian theology of symbol, ritual, and sacrament is thus placed in the context of everyday life. The authors go on to discuss such questions as how rituals establish and maintain power relationships, how official rituals are different from other popular Christian rituals and devotions, and how Christian rituals function in the process of human salvation. Their lively yet solidly grounded work will appeal to intelligent lay readers and discussion groups, as well as being useful for courses in ritual and the sacraments at the undergraduate and seminary level.|
|Author(s)||Bernard Cooke, Gary Macy|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press Inc|
|Date of Publication||24/11/2005|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||94670994|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Country of Publication||United States|
|Imprint||Oxford University Press Inc|
|Content Note||black & white illustrations|
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