Wednesday, February 13, 2013

12/20: Myth and Ritual in Christianity by Alan Watts



    Myth and Ritual in Christianity by Alan Watts (1953). If you’ve ever attended a Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, or Anglican liturgy, you may have wondered about all the ritual actions and words. What’s going on here? I’ve wondered, having grown up in the Catholic Church, especially about the complex and rich liturgy of Holy Week. Well, Alan Watts explains what’s going on, the symbolism and the metaphysics. It was hard to pick one Watts book, as I’ve read and enjoyed a number of them, but this one has been referenced many times, and therefore this one gets the nod.