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Christian Initiation  

Maxwell E. Johnson

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
To study the rites of Christian initiation in the early church is to encounter not one but several liturgical traditions in development. This article seeks to provide an introductory ... More

Dramatic Ways of Being Religious  

Larry D. Bouchard

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
The history of drama and performance often overlaps with histories of religious practice, belief, experience, and thought. This chapter surveys such histories and gives consideration to ... More

Life-Cycle Rites of Passage  

Harvey E. Goldberg

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
Life-cycle rituals only gradually became an explicit axis of concern in Abrahamic religions while some of the cultural materials for this focus are ancient. There are both conceptual and ... More

Luther on Christ’s Person and Work  

Matthieu Arnold

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Apr 2014
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Jan 2014
Dogmatic interpretations of Luther’s treatment of Christ’s atoning work dominated much of nineteenth- and twentieth-century assessment of his Christology and soteriology. Marc Lienhard and ... More

Penance  

Allan D. Fitzgerald, OSA

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
The study of penance in the early church can be challenging because of the variety of opinions among scholars; it can also be difficult because of the apparent diversity in penitential ... More

Pilgrimage  

Georgia Frank

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
Early Christian pilgrimage involved a journey to a place in order to gain access to sacred power, whether manifested in living persons, demarcated spaces, or specific objects. Movement ... More

Prayer  

Columba Stewart OSB

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
Prayer is a universal feature of human religious practice. Among early Christians, it had two broad and frequently overlapping categories. First, and primordially, there was communal or ... More

Ritual  

Pamela Klassen

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
This essay discusses politically motivated contests over the authenticity of ritualized emotion, such as weeping or visionary bliss, which can be contests internal to a community or ... More

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