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Christian Symbol and RitualAn Introduction$
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Bernard Cooke and Gary Macy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195154118.001.0001

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Rituals of Friendship

Rituals of Friendship

(p.55) 3 Rituals of Friendship
Christian Symbol and Ritual

Bernard Cooke

Gary Macy (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Friendship rituals help create the important relationships that give individuals self-worth and identity. In Christianity, the most important of these rituals is marriage. Marriage within Christianity can be understood as the clearest symbol of the selfless love of God for humans. This chapter details the history of marriage within Christianity, as well as the relations of marriage to the wedding ritual. An appendix explains the different Christian positions on the possibility of dissolving a Christian marriage through divorce or annulment.

Keywords:   friendship, marriage, wedding, divorce, annulment

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