By Bernard Cooke, Gary Macy

ISBN-10: 0195154118

ISBN-13: 9780195154115

ISBN-10: 0195154126

ISBN-13: 9780195154122

In Christian image and formality, Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy supply an available and interesting creation to the subject written from a non-denominational standpoint. Cooke and Macy display that party, ritual, and image are already primary to our lives, although so much don't see their activities as symbolic or ritualistic. They attach vital Christian symbols to the symbols and rituals already found in way of life and position Christian theology in a well-known context. After discussing the features and capabilities of rituals, they discover other forms of formality, together with these of friendship, worship, and therapeutic. The authors additionally learn such questions as how rituals identify and retain strength relationships, how "official" rituals are various from "popular" Christian rituals and devotions, and the way Christian rituals functionality within the means of human salvation. Christian image and formality is a useful source for college kids, academics, and lay readers.

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However, the ideal is a growth pattern that has been studied by developmental psychologists where there are identifiable steps that mark most people’s advance toward mature adulthood. Depending on the historical period when one lives and the cultural context in which life unfolds, there may be quite distinctive patterns of growth. Not too long ago in a culture like the United States a person passed from infancy into childhood, then at about age fifteen into the beginnings of adult responsibility and employment, then in the early twenties into founding a family and full adult responsibility, then at about age fifty-five into growing old and retirement, and finally at about age sixty-five into preparation for death.

Most groups—Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Masons, Rotary, fraternities and sororities, and even neighborhood clubs—have initiation ceremonies marking the entrance of new members into fellowship or sisterhood. A constant round of initiatory ceremonies accompanies each life as a person moves into new roles in society and thus renegotiates her or his relationship to that society. 28 christian symbol and ritual Rituals and Power Structures Rituals mark the many stages of maturation within groups and societies.

28 christian symbol and ritual Rituals and Power Structures Rituals mark the many stages of maturation within groups and societies. Rituals also delineate the power structures within a group or society. The president of the United States is not president until he or she undergoes an inauguration ceremony. A Christian bishop is not considered a bishop until she or he undergoes a consecration. Some sort of ceremony of this kind marks most leadership roles, although not all such ceremonies actually enact what they ritualize.

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