Sacred Games: A History of Christian Worship

Sacred Games: A History of Christian Worship

by Bernhard Lang

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ISBN-13: 9780300198126
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/22/2013
Pages: 542
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bernhard Lang is professor of religion at the University of Paderborn, Germany.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Six Sacred Games 1(6)
The First Game: Praise Thanking God by Proclaiming His Mighty Acts in Song and Testimony 7(58)
1. On Praise
9(8)
2. The Elementary Forms of Praise in the Book of Psalms
17(11)
3. The Practice of Praise in Christianity
28(33)
4. Conclusion: Praise and Preference
61(4)
The Second Game: Prayer Asking for God's Help 65(72)
1. On Petitionary Prayer
67(8)
2. The Our Father: The Story of a Political Prayer
75(27)
3. Christian Prayer: Origins, Forms, and Promises
102(30)
4. Conclusion: The Two Kinds of Prayer Used in Christian Worship
132(5)
The Third Game: Sermon God's Word in Biblical Reading and Preaching 137(68)
1. On Intellectual Ritual
139(10)
2. From Luke to Luther: The Beginnings and Aims of Christian Preaching
149(23)
3. Patterns of Protestant Preaching in the Modern World
172(25)
4. Conclusion: The Authority of Preaching
197(8)
The Fourth Game: Sacrifice Giving to God and Receiving from Him 205(78)
1. On Sacrifice
207(8)
2. Jesus and the Origins of the Eucharist
215(19)
3. Sacrificial Receiving: The Career of an Idea
234(20)
4. Sacrificial Giving in Carthage, Hippo, and Suburban Paris
254(24)
5. Conclusion: Two Theologies of Sacrifice
278(5)
The Fifth Game: Sacrament Meeting Christ at the Lord's Supper 283(78)
1. On Magic: A Rehabilitation
285(8)
2. Inventing the Magical Celebration
293(17)
3. Christ's Sacramental Presence
310(21)
4. The Benefits of Partaking
331(26)
5. Conclusion: The Christocentric Sacrament
357(4)
The Sixth Game: Spiritual Ecstasy Exercising the Gifts of Glossolalia, Prophecy, and Healing 361(58)
1. On Ecstatic Worship
363(9)
2. Paul the Possessed and the Lord's Supper in Corinth
372(12)
3. The Rebirth of Pentecostal Worship in Twentieth-Century America
384(30)
4. Conclusion: A Story with Two Endings--Ritual Intellectualized and Charisma Routinized
414(5)
Epilogue: Divine Meekness, Divine Majesty The Familiar and the Awesome Deity 419(26)
Abbreviations 445(2)
Notes 447(34)
Illustration Credits
481(2)
Bibliography 483(27)
Index 510

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