Liturgy in the Age of Reason: Worship and Sacraments in England and Scotland, 1662-C.1800

Liturgy in the Age of Reason: Worship and Sacraments in England and Scotland, 1662-C.1800

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Liturgy in the Age of Reason: Worship and Sacraments in England and Scotland, 1662-C.1800

Worship has always been affected by its surrounding culture. This book examines the changing perspectives in and discussions on worship styles and practices from the Restoration to the death of Wesley, in England and
Scotland. Moving beyond the text, Spinks grounds the discussion within the changing cultural and intellectual framework of the period referred to as the Enlightenment. The focus is the end of the early modern period, when already the upheaval of the English Civil War, the methods of the Cambridge Platonists, and the thinking of Descartes and Spinoza were making the period one of transition, and Newtonian thought and the thought of John Locke impacted theological thought and worship forms. It is against this framework that the worship in England and Scotland will be described and assessed. As well as published and unpublished liturgical documents, this book draws on contemporary accounts and descriptions of worship, catechisms, sermons and theological works, and contemporary diaries. Musical and architectural changes are also noted, particularly the late seventeenth century hymns of
Richard Davies of Rothwell, Joseph Stennett and Benjamin Keach. This book places worship in the society which it served, and from which changes sprang. It explores the interaction of cultural thought and worship, drawing parallels between the Enlightenment period and problems of late modernity and the worship wars of the late twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754660897
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The Restoration settlement of worship in the established Churches of England and Scotland; Restoration sacramental teaching South and North of the border; The Glorious Revolution and liturgical plurality; Singing God's praises from the margins: worship and hymns of late 17th-century dissent; Ancien régime and patristic authority; High Church, nonjuring and Jacobite liturgical experiments; Newtonian and Lockean theology, liturgical revision and rational sacraments; Affectionate worship: the evangelical revival; 'Common or garden' liturgy: worship and sacraments in later Georgian England; Some aspects of worship and sacramental instruction in the Georgian Kirk; Glimpses of dissenting worship - old, new and curious; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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