The Meaning of Christian Liturgy: Recent Developments in the Church of Sweden

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The Church of Sweden is the largest Lutheran church body in the world, with 6.5 million members that represent about 70% of the Swedish population. The Meaning of Christian Liturgy illuminates and explains the changes that have occurred in the liturgy of the Church of Sweden from 1980 to 2000. In the process, this volume asks a number of questions of immense importance not only within Sweden but also for Christian churches in the ...

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Overview

The Church of Sweden is the largest Lutheran church body in the world, with 6.5 million members that represent about 70% of the Swedish population. The Meaning of Christian Liturgy illuminates and explains the changes that have occurred in the liturgy of the Church of Sweden from 1980 to 2000. In the process, this volume asks a number of questions of immense importance not only within Sweden but also for Christian churches in the English-speaking world, including:

  • How does participation in a liturgy make clear what "church" is about?
  • What does liturgical participation say about who or what God is and about the community's encounter with God?
  • How have churches lived with the changes and renewals introduced in the twentieth century?
  • How does the church building shape worshipers' ideas of God and of church?

Contributors:
Torbj�rn Axner Oloph Bexell Sven-Erik Brodd, Gordon W. Lathrop Karin Oljelund Boel Hössjer Sundman Gunnar Weman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802868480
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Oloph Bexell is professor of ecclesiology and ecclesial life and head of the department of Church History at Uppsala University, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Gordon W. Lathrop vii

Introduction xi

Church Life and Worship in a Lutheran Church: The Example of the Church of Sweden - A Historical Introduction Oloph Bexell 1

Liturgy Crossing Frontiers: Interplay and Confrontation of Ecclesiological Patterns in liturgical Change During the Twentieth Century Sven-Erik Brodd 24

Interpretations of the Presence of God in Liturgy Boel Hössjer Sundman 53

Method in Liturgical Ecclesiology: An Attempt to Understand the Formation of Primary Ecclesiology Karin Oljelund 91

Liturgical Practice in a Lutheran Church in 1965: The Church of Sweden on the Threshold of Change Torbjörn Axner 114

The Interplay between the Church Building and the Worship Gunnar Weman 140

Contributors 175

Index of Names 176

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