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The ambivalence of ritual in violence: Orthodox Christian perspectives

Marian G. Simion

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 73, No 3 (2017), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4526

Submitted: 16 February 2017
Published:  28 April 2017


This article demonstrates that ritual plays an ambivalent role in the interaction betweenreligion and violence. Ritual triggers and gives meaning to violence, or it enforces peace andcoexistence. The first part of the article defines the ambivalence of ritual in the context ofviolence. The second part surveys standard rituals of peace and violence from Hinduism,Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The third part focuses on the ambivalent natureof Orthodox Christian rituals.

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Marian G. Simion, Harvard Divinity School, United States and Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


ritual; violence; peace; worship; world religions; Orthodox Christianity; war; army


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