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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 Reconciliation

Rituals of Reconciliation

(p.109) 6 Rituals of Reconciliation
Christian Symbol and Ritual

Bernard Cooke

Gary Macy (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

An important part of Jesus’ ministry was his forgiveness of sin with an accompanying offer of reconciliation. Christians continued that ministry through rituals of reconciliation for those members of the Christian community who had failed to live the life to which they had pledged themselves. Over the centuries, Christians practiced both public and private forms of confession and of penance. This chapter explores the theology behind these practices, and offers an overview of the history and present practice of Christian reconciliation.

Keywords:   reconciliation, sin, penance, confession

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