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p. 212. Beliefs, rituals, and narrativeslocked

  • Linda Woodhead

Abstract

‘Beliefs, rituals, and narratives’ considers the common signs, stories, symbols, and rituals—in particular dealing with sin and salvation—that serve as the basic building blocks of Christianity. The picture that emerges is of a faith with its origins in an explosion of spiritual energy—focused and channelled by Jesus Christ—that empowered his followers to think, feel, and desire in new ways. In early Christian history it gave rise to a wide range of different spiritual movements and to many different versions of the faith. As Christianity developed, its leaders tried to maintain unity not only by creating a canon of scripture, the Bible, but by formulating creeds, theologies, and liturgies.

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