Talk: Dru Johnson on Human Rites


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Dr. Dru Johnson spoke about his latest book: Human Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments. What are we doing when we gather around the sacraments — or when we make the same breakfast every morning? Embodying rituals, says Dru Johnson. And until we understand what we’re doing and why, we won’t know how these rituals work, what they mean, or how we might adapt them. In Human Rites Johnson considers the concept of ritual as seen in Scripture and its role in shaping our thinking. Dru is an associate professor of biblical and theological studies at The King’s College in New York City. Before that, he was a high-school dropout, skinhead, punk rock drummer, combat veteran, IT supervisor, and pastor—all things that he hopes none of his children ever become.

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