A Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship by J. G. John Gordon Davies

A Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship by J. G. [John Gordon] Davies lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.

SCM Press, 1972, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Plans;

From the cover: As a reference book this present volume is intended to provide background knowledge about worship for those who are regularly involved in it or would learn something about it. It seeks to concentrate upon the information that Christians today need in order to participate with understanding in the worship of the traditions to which they belong. At the same time, it aims to assist them to appreciate traditions and contemporary practices other than their own, familiarity with which is required to further the cause of ecumenical co-operation.

The separate articles are not confined to simple definitions, but give the historical background to the subject treated and seek to relate this to the contemporary scene. However, while a reliable factual content is essential, emphasis is laid upon its interpretation, with particular reference to the principles on which the practice, object, etc. is founded or used. In this way the reader will be enabled to understand not only what has been done or is done but why it has been or is done.

The entries relate not only to the historic Christian churches, such as the Anglican, the Lutheran, the Presbyterian and the Roman Catholic, but also to those bodies which have intimate links with the biblical and Christian inheritance, such as the Pentecostals and the Unitarians. In addition, accounts are given of the worship of other major world religions, e. g. Judaism and Islam. In order to ensure representative accounts, the contributors to the Dictionary have been chosen from recognized liturgical experts within the different churches.

Worship today is, of course, not simply a matter of history. Worship today is undergoing a crisis. Hence the need, which is emphasized in several entries, for experimental forms, for attention to the problems of indigenization, to secularization, to the relation of liturgy and culture and liturgy and mission.

It is hoped that the Dictionary will be found useful by several types of reader. It is intended to appeal to church leaders, clergy and ministers, to laity and to students who wish to increase their understanding of the history of contemporary practice of worship and liturgy.

Very Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with some tape reinforcements.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XI] 385 pages. 10″ x 6¼”.

This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Reference category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!

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