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Author Farley, Michael A
Title Reforming Reformed worship: Theological method and liturgical catholicity in American Presbyterianism, 1850--2005
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Descript 372 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 68-09, Section: A, page: 3906
Adviser: Michael J. McClymond
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Saint Louis University, 2007
Since 1850, American Presbyterians have shown an increasing interest in moving beyond the boundaries of the austere and minimalist worship practices of the Anglo-American Presbyterian tradition to recover more ancient and catholic patterns of worship from the early church. I call this movement toward greater continuity with pre-Reformation patterns and forms of corporate worship a shift toward greater liturgical catholicity
This dissertation compares and contrasts representative works on liturgy by traditional Anglo-American Presbyterians (Thomas Cartwright, George Gillespie, Samuel Miller, and Thomas Peck) with more recent works by representative catholic American Presbyterians (Charles W. Shields, John W. Nevin, Scott F. Brenner, Horace T. Allen, Jr., Harold M. Daniels, Jeffrey J. Meyers, and Peter J. Leithart) in order to examines the shifts in biblical interpretation and in the use of post-biblical liturgical traditions that have accompanied a movement toward greater catholicity in liturgical practice
In biblical interpretation, movement toward liturgical catholicity has been accompanied by broadening the locus of liturgical norms in Scripture. Whereas traditional Presbyterians insisted that explicit commands and/or examples in the New Testament are necessary to warrant a particular liturgical practice, catholic Presbyterians have justified liturgical practices by demonstrating that a particular practice embodies biblical-theological principles even if the practice itself has no precedent in the New Testament
In their use of post-biblical church tradition, catholic Presbyterians have rejected primitivism and affirmed the legitimacy of historical liturgical development. Their favored historical models are liturgies from the late patristic era, Reformed liturgies from the early sixteenth-century Reformation, and the liturgies that emerged from the twentieth-century Catholic and Protestant liturgical movements
The catholic reformers have differed among themselves in their interpretation of Scripture and tradition according to the relative weight given to Old Testament typology and post-biblical traditions as guiding norms for the liturgical expression of biblical-theological themes. Meyers and Leithart draw more of their liturgical framework from a Christological reading of Old Testament patterns of covenant renewal embodied in the sacrificial worship of the Tabernacle and Temple. The others turn more to post-biblical liturgical models for the outline of their order of worship
School code: 0193
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 68-09A
Subject Religion, History of
Alt Author Saint Louis University
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