Introduction to Christian Worship / Edition 3

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Introduction to Christian Worship, Third Edition traces the development of the major forms of Christian worship, and includes discussion of the newest service books of the principal churches of North America and the British Isles. This staple of liturgical history is used widely in Protestant seminaries and is read by clergy and laity alike as an accurate, informative, and accessible introduction to all aspects of Christian worship. This revision keeps pace with the latest scholarship and includes more maps, tables, woodcuts, and photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687091096
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 698,233
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

James F. White holds the Bard Thompson Chair of Liturgical Studies at Drew University. He previously taught at the Perkins School of Theology for twenty-two years and was professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame until 1999. He has served as president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and received its Berakah Award. He also chaired the editorial committee of the Section on Worship of the Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. Dr. White holds an A.B. from Harvard, a B.D. from Union Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
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Table of Contents

List of Diagrams 9
List of Plates 11
Preface 13
1. What Do We Mean by "Christian Worship"? 17
The Phenomenon of Christian Worship 18
Definitions of Christian Worship 22
Key Words in Christian Worship 25
Diversity in Expression 31
Constancy in Function 39
2. The Language of Time 47
The Shaping of Christian Time 48
Theology from the Christian Year 67
Functioning of the Christian Year 71
3. The Language of Space 81
The Functions of Liturgical Space 83
History of Liturgical Architecture 91
Liturgical Art 103
4. The Sounds of Church Music 111
Why Do Christians Sing? 112
Forms and Functions of Church Music 117
5. Daily Public Prayer 131
History of Daily Public Prayer 132
Theological Reflections 146
Practical Concerns 148
6. The Service of the Word 151
History of the Service of the Word 151
Theology of the Service of the Word 166
Pastoral Concerns of the Service of the Word 169
7. God's Love Made Visible 175
The Development of Reflection on the Sacraments 177
New Understandings of Sacraments 193
Sacramentality 200
8. Christian Initiation 203
The Development of Christian Initiation 204
Theology of Christian Initiation 217
Pastoral Aspects of Christian Initiation 225
9. The Eucharist 229
The Development of Eucharistic Practice 230
Understanding the Eucharist 248
Pastoral Concerns 259
10. Occasional Services 263
Reconciliation 265
Ministry to the Sick 269
Christian Marriage 276
Ordination 286
Religious Profession or Commissioning 293
Care of the Dead 295
Notes 305
For Further Reading 315
Index 323
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2000

    A Good Comprehensive Introduction to Worship

    White presents a very comprehensive overview of worship from the early church to today in this book. It is especially helpful for those without a strong background in liturgy. White presents the arguments of the Reformation according to Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli, as well as following the role of the sacraments in the chruch from its conception. I recommend this book as a good starting point for those interested in a historical overview of Christian worship.

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