Liturgy Wars

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The nineteenth century was a period of intense religious conflict across Europe, as people confronted the major changes brought by modernity. In Zurich, one phase of this religious conflict was played out in a struggle over revisions to the ritual of baptism. In its analysis of the Zurich conflict, Liturgy Wars offers a strategy for understanding the links between theology, ritual, and socio-politics. Theodore M. Vial offers a new perspective on contemporary ritual studies - and critiques the cognivist approaches...

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Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant Reform in Nineteenth-Century Zurich

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Overview

The nineteenth century was a period of intense religious conflict across Europe, as people confronted the major changes brought by modernity. In Zurich, one phase of this religious conflict was played out in a struggle over revisions to the ritual of baptism. In its analysis of the Zurich conflict, Liturgy Wars offers a strategy for understanding the links between theology, ritual, and socio-politics. Theodore M. Vial offers a new perspective on contemporary ritual studies - and critiques the cognivist approaches of Lawson and McCauley, as well as Catherine Bell's analysis of power and the body - by reintergrating the imporatance of speech acts into considerations of ritual.

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Theodore M. Vial is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College. He has published in Numen and the Harvard Theological Review. He co-edited Ethical Monotheism, Past and Present: Essays in Honor of Wendell S. Dietrich, and contributed the chapter on "Church and State in Schleiermacher's Thought" to The Cambridge Companion to Friedrich Schleiermacher.
Series Editors: Frank Reynolds and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Religious Conflict in Zurich 13
Ch. 2 Contesting Humanity and Contesting History 25
Ch. 3 The Personality of God and Other Contradictions 39
Ch. 4 What Would Jesus Do? 53
Ch. 5 Meta Fights: Battles in Theory over Battles in Practice 75
Ch. 6 Liturgy Wars, Culture Wars 91
Conclusion 109
App. 1 Ceremonies of Baptism from the 1868 Zurich Liturgy 117
App. 2 Derivation of the Baptism Ceremony 123
Notes 127
Bibliography 171
Index 185
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