Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction

Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction

Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction

Christian Symbol and Ritual: An Introduction

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When you first opened this book, how did you do it? Just open it up to this page and start reading? Did you carefully open it in the middle first so as not to break the binding? Did you check the notes and bibliography first to get a better idea of what sources the authors used? Did you lick your finger in anticipation of page turning? Did you quickly flip through the chapter headings to get an overall idea of the book?

Maybe you did all or some of the above actions without really thinking about them. It's just a habit after years of reading. You may even have a favorite place and time for reading; the evenings, perhaps, are reserved for novels while you snuggle deep into a favorite chair. Or maybe you have to read this book for a course; then you might be chained to the desk, sitting straight up with pen poised for notes and dread in your heart, faced with another dreary textbook.

Chances are that you have some ritual habits with which you approach a new book. Whether you are aware of it or not, even little actions like picking up a new book usually involve rituals. We hope that this book will make you more aware of how much of life is made up of rituals, and how much those rituals do not just enrich your life but even shape your identity.

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