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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (14 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521525594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521525596
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,732,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a well and lucidly written book. A great deal of material have been included and crafted into a convincingly written narrative. The scholarship is profound and the wealth of material here is always germane to his argument. I found it required considerable concentration at times, but this is right and only to be expected in a work of this depth. Dr Stringer has written a book of seminal importance which deserves to guide and inform the study of Christian worship for many years to come. Buy. Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest.' Dr Richard Buxton, Society for Liturgical Study

'The reader is spared impenetrable jargon, and, indeed, the book is lucidly written … accessible to the general reader, as well as a key resource for the student of Christian religion and culture. … the book succeeds in helping us to hear the sheer variety of voices in the story of Christian worship.' Church Times

'Within each chapter Stringer presents a closely argued presentation of the main theme and accompanies it with fascinating 'case studies', diverse in their geography and cultural richness. … This is a refreshing book which ought to take its place in any bibliography of liturgical studies, and which should certainly be read alongside more 'traditional' histories.' Benjamin Gordon-Taylor, College of the Resurrection, Mirfield

'[A] remarkable tour de force in terms of professional daring as well as interdisciplinary scholarship …' The Times Literary Supplement

'… there is a great deal of interest in the book …' Contemporary Review

'Stringer is excellent at placing worship in its social, cultural and political context … This is a refreshing book which ought to take its place in any bibliography of liturgical studies, and which certainly should be read alongside more 'traditional' histories.' Theology

'… a mine of out-of-the-way information, a salutary antidote to the parochialism of much British attitude to current Church-going trends and encouragement that, even if what the future brings is unlike anything we have ever seen before, we need not be fearful.' Praxis News of Worship

'In seeking to apply a sociological perspective to 2,000 years of Christian worship, Martin Stringer's ambitious study is … greatly to be welcomed and he has produced an original, fascinating, and thought-provoking book … Stringer's focus on 'discourse' helpfully enables consideration not just of idealised statements about worship … but also 'real utterances and actual events' … a firm commitment to one chapter for every 300 years lends the book an even-handedness too often lacking … Stringer confesses that his primary purpose in writing the book 'is to try and encourage others to become excited by the ideas and studies that I am presenting'. In this, for me, he not only succeeds greatly, but also offers a new kind of critical, theoretical edge to the study of Christian worship in history that should engage students and more experienced researchers alike.' Journal of Contemporary Religion

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A 2000 year history of Christian worship in its social contexts around the globe combining sociological theory, social history and the latest developments in the study of liturgy. The focus of this book sets it apart from existing studies which tend to offer textual or theological approaches to worship.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Tovey on 23 Sept. 2005
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This is a provoking look at the sociological history of Christian Worship. I would recommend reading it alongside one of the standard histories of the subject as a helpfully different perspective. The sociological theory is carefully introduced and shows how this can produce valuable insights to 'what goes on'. Well worth getting and reading.
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