This book evokes the need for contemporary rituals that give people's lives meaning and value. As both a theologian and a theatre critic, the author became increasingly convinced that the chronic boredom and impotency of traditional church services, modern theatre performances, everyday rights of passage and even political campaigns were leaving a dangerous void that had to be filled with poor substitutes. He shows that the rituals of mainstream religion for the most part lack any power of real transformation, and puts the case that to be fully alive is to participate in the power of ritual.
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An examination of the essential role of authentic ritual in society and the vital need for it in our lives.From Library Journal:
Driver, author of Patterns of Grace ( LJ 2/1/78) and Christ in a Changing World ( LJ 2/1/82), proposes that human rituals have fallen gradually by the wayside because they have lost fulfillment value. Even those which remain, such as funeral rites, may be a process merely to be endured, bringing no true comfort. Using examples ranging from the appearance of ritual behavior in animals to the bizarre, frightening rituals of serial killers, the author argues that we need to restore ritual to our daily lives and create new rituals to meet modern needs. He recommends a divorce ceremony, for example. His style is largely anecdotal which, if sometimes rambling and repetitive, makes for a more interesting narrative. Extensive notes and bibliography are included. For seminary, university, and large public libraries. (Index not seen.)-- Maureen R. Shields, New City Lib., N.Y.
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