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Spiritual Life

Ritual kissing key for early Christians

By Rich Barlow By Rich Barlow
October 8, 2005

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Whoever said ''a kiss is just a kiss" didn't know their theological history. During Christianity's first five centuries, ritual kissing -- on the lips -- was a vital part of worship, says Michael P. Penn, who teaches religion at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley. In that context, kissing helped Christians define themselves as a family of faith, he writes ... (Full article: 745 words)

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