This is something which has always puzzled me. The two oldest churches, the Orthodox and Catholic churches, both have traditions of rituals such as the rosary, the church service itself (don’t know what an Orthodox church service is called) and the Mass, confession, daily services, weddings, funerals etc. Similarly, Orthodox/Conservative Judaism and Islam all have their respective rituals for life events, as well as for the different festivals/times of the year.
So what I’m trying to understand is why in Protestant churches, the idea of ritual is such a strange and often openly hated concept. The likes of Chick tracts often openly mock the Catholic Mass and Islamic prayers, both of which are ritual in practice.
So, why this huge and often violently hateful attitude? Why did the Christian way of thinking move away from what is seemingly (to my reading of the Bible at least) a Biblical practice? Even Jesus performed the Jewish rituals.