A Brief History of Christian Worship
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A Brief History of Christian Worship

by James F. White
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0687034140

ISBN-13: 9780687034147

Pub. Date: 01/28/1993

Publisher: Abingdon Press

Most histories of Christian worship are written as if nothing significant in liturgical history ever happened in North America, as if cultural diversities were insignificant in the development of worship, and as if most of what mattered were words the priest or minister addressed to God. This book is a revisionist work, attempting to give new direction to liturgical

Overview

Most histories of Christian worship are written as if nothing significant in liturgical history ever happened in North America, as if cultural diversities were insignificant in the development of worship, and as if most of what mattered were words the priest or minister addressed to God. This book is a revisionist work, attempting to give new direction to liturgical history by treating the experience of worship of the people in the pews as the primary liturgical document. It means liturgical history written facing the other way--that is, looking into the chancel rather than out of it.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780687034147
Publisher:
Abingdon Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
899,028
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface,
I: Worship in the Churches of the New Testament Era,
II: Worship in the Churches of the Early Christian Centuries,
III: Worship in the Churches of the Middle Ages,
IV: Worship in the Churches of the Reformation Period,
V: Worship in the Churches of Modern Times,
VI: Worship in the Churches of the Future,
Notes,
Index of Persons,
Index of Subjects,

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