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Foundations in Ritual Studies A Reader for Students of Christian Worship

ISBN-10: 080103499X
ISBN-13: 9780801034992
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 9/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

The new field of ritual studies applies anthropological methodology to the study of religious actions. The first collection of its kind, Foundations in Ritual Studies offers students of Christian liturgy fresh insights from specialists in anthropology, religious studies, and Christian liturgy. The list of contributors includes Romano Guardini, Mark Seale, John Witvliet, Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, Nathan Mitchell, Ronald Grimes, Catherine Bell, Margaret Mary Kelleher, and Herbert Fingarette. This one-volume collection makes their landmark contributions available to professors, graduate students, theologians, and biblical scholars.

John Melloh (PhD, St. Louis University) is director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgies at the University of Notre Dame.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Context
An open letter
Ritual
For our own purposes: the appropriation of the social sciences in liturgical studies
Classical Views
Purity and Danger
Natural Symbols
Liminality and communitas
The Forest of Symbols
The Field of Ritual
New directions in ritual research
Modes of ritual sensibility
Liturgical supinity, liturgical erectitude: on the embodiment of ritual authority
Ritual, change, and changing rituals
The authority of ritual experts
Method
Liturgical theology: a task and a method
Author index
Subject index

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