Be the first to add this to a list. Recognizing the chronic boredom of contemporary society and the impotence of today’s religious services and even modern theater, Driver sees a void in our culture that is being filled, or at least hidden, by poor and sometimes dangerous substitutes. Christian sacraments as the performance of freedom. Neal Watkins marked it as to-read Feb 24, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Set up My libraries How do I set up “My libraries”? These 2 locations in South Australia:

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These online bookshops told us they have this item: You also may like to try some of these bookshopswhich may or may not sell this item. Books by Tom F. Separate different tags with a comma. All of us, in Driver’s eyes, share tomm critical need for ritual participation.

Liberating Rites: Understanding The Transformative Power Of Ritual – Tom Driver – Google Books

Open to the public. Driver illuminates the making of ritual by removing it from rrites churchly wrappings and presenting it as something raw, basic, and central to all living beings.

Lying at the core of our capacity to adapt, survive, and grow, ritual is essential to all efforts for justice and the establishment of good relationships. Notes Includes bibliographical references p. Jillian Westerfield rated it really liked it Dec 25, University of Queensland Library.


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His analyses use examples drawn from a wide variety of cultures and religions — Haiti, Korea, South Africa, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, and more, in addition to the author’s own North American Protestantism. Many general readers also will find the book fascinating because it makes explicit so many unspoken feelings about the human longing for rituals that ‘work,’ combining meaning with power.

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Whether in rites of passage – for birth, adulthood, marriage, death – in ceremonies of healing, grieving, or celebration – in political performances aimed at changing society – we should be active participants taking possession of our rituals and opening them up to a truly transformative and liberating power.


Katie marked it as to-read Dec 21, He examines the varied ways humans use ritual to give order to their lives, to deepen feelings of communal belonging, and to transform the status quo. Christian sacraments as the performance of freedom.

Kivalani rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Driver looks closely at how ritual, viewed as creative performance, is essential to religion and to the movement from bondage to freedom, whether in society or the individual. Joel rated it liked it Dec 28, View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links The making and maintaining of order, the deepening and strengthening of communal bonds, and the bringing about of both personal and social transformation are, according to Driver, ritual’s three great social gifts.