Worship as Theology: Foretaste of Glory Divine

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In Worship As Theology, Don Saliers discusses how worship is both theological (God-centered) and anthropological (embodied and embedded in specific human and cultural contexts). He illuminates worship as a theology "prayed, sung, and enacted." At the same time--by focusing upon specific dimensions of liturgical action such as praising, thanking, invoking, confessing, proclaiming, interceding, and blessing--he addresses the differences between the liturgical/sacramental and the ...

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Overview

In Worship As Theology, Don Saliers discusses how worship is both theological (God-centered) and anthropological (embodied and embedded in specific human and cultural contexts). He illuminates worship as a theology "prayed, sung, and enacted." At the same time--by focusing upon specific dimensions of liturgical action such as praising, thanking, invoking, confessing, proclaiming, interceding, and blessing--he addresses the differences between the liturgical/sacramental and the "free-church"/evangelical church traditions.

Underlying Saliers' approach is his basic conviction that Christian liturgy is an eschatological art. Theological integrity in worship, he asserts, calls for a permanent tension in the forms and patterns which reflect the "already" and "not yet" of Christian life in the world for the sake of the world. Worship As Theology, therefore, begins and ends with the eschatology of the divine promise, that the church's cry is still "Come, Lord Jesus!" and that God's will be done on earth "as in heaven."

In this book, the author discusses how worship is both theological (God-centered) and anthropological (embodied and embedded in specific human and cultural contexts). Worship as Theology begins and ends with the eschatology of the divine promise, that the church's cry is still "Come, Lord Jesus!" and that God's will be done on earth "as in heaven."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687146932
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 714,094
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Don E. Saliers is William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction 13
1 Human Pathos and Divine Ethos 21
2 Dogma and Doxa 39
3 The Eschatological Character of Worship 49
4 Liturgy and Theology: Conversation with Barth 69
5 Praising, Thanking, Blessing - Gratitude as Knowledge of God 85
6 Invoking and Beseeching 106
7 Lamenting and Confessing: Truthful Prayer 118
8 Interceding: Remembering the World to God 126
9 Beyond the Text: The Symbolic Languages of Liturgy 139
10 The Liturgical "Canon" in Context 154
11 For the Sake of the World: Liturgy and Ethics 171
12 Mystery, Suffering, and the Assembly's Art 191
13 The Beautiful and the Holy 203
14 Advent and Eschaton 217
Notes 231
Select Bibliography 248
Index 252
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