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Relishing the liturgical diversity of recent centuries as firm evidence of Chritianity's ability to adapt to a wide variety of peoples and places, Professor White shows that this tendency has been apparent in Chrisitian worship since its inception in the New Testament churches. Instead of imposing one tradition's criteria on worship, he tries to give a balanced and comprehensive approach to the development of the dozen or more traditions surviving in the modern world.
Most histories of Christian worship are written as if nothing significant in liturgical history ever happened in North America and cultural diversisites were insignificant in the development of worship. A revisionist work, this book treats the experience of worship of the people in the pew as the primary liturgical document.
|I||Worship in the Churches of the New Testament Era||13|
|II||Worship in the Churches of the Early Christian Centuries||40|
|III||Worship in the Churches of the Middle Ages||75|
|IV||Worship in the Churches of the Reformation Period||104|
|V||Worship in the Churches of Modern Times||142|
|VI||Worship in the Churches of the Future||178|
|Index of Persons||189|
|Index of Subjects||190|