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Historical Foundations of Worship

Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Perspectives

series: Worship Foundations

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This volume brings together an ecumenical team of scholars to offer a historical overview of how worship developed in three major Christian traditions.

Historical Foundations of Worship first orients readers to the common core elements the global church shares in the history and development of worship theology and historical practice. It then introduces the major streams of worship practice: Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant, including Reformation traditions, evangelicalism, and Pentecostalism. The book includes introductions by John Witvliet and Nicholas Wolterstorff and is the second of a two-volume worship project, following Theological Foundations of Worship. It will be of use to professors and students in worship, history, and liturgy classes and will serve as a resource for thoughtful pastors and worship leaders.


Preface Melanie C. Ross and Mark A. Lamport
Series Introduction    Nicholas Wolterstorff
Introduction    John Witvliet
Part 1. Common Roots of Worship
1. Baptism    Bryan D. Spinks
2. Eucharist    Andrew McGowan
3. Liturgical Time    Paul F. Bradshaw
Part 2. Early Christian Worship
4. Worship in the Early Church    L. Edward Phillips
5. Worship in Late Antiquity    Maxwell E. Johnson
Part 3. Eastern Orthodox Worship
6. History of Orthodox Worship    Nina Glibetić
7. Icons and Eucharistic Theology    Nicholas Denysenko
Part 4. Roman Catholic Worship
8. Medieval Catholic Worship    Joanne M. Pierce
9. Reformation in the Catholic Church    John F. Baldovin
10. Vatican II and the Liturgical Renewal Movement    Joris Geldhof
Part 5. Protestant Worship
11. Lutheran Practices of Worship    Craig A. Satterlee
12. Calvinist and Reformed Practices of Worship    Martin Tel
13. Anglican and Episcopal Practices of Worship    Euan Cameron
14. Methodist and Wesleyan Practices of Worship    Matthew Sigler
15. Anabaptist and Mennonite Practices of Worship    Valerie G. Rempel
16. Baptist Practices of Worship    Jennifer W. Davidson
17. Evangelical Practices of Worship    Melanie C. Ross
18. Pentecostal and Charismatic Practices of Worship    J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu


"This sweeping overview of liturgical history is useful for both the novice and the expert. Every chapter is carefully written, deeply researched, and cogently synthesized. The organization of material provides readers with a useful framework for further expanding their knowledge. A highly recommended resource for those seeking to grasp not only the multiple origins of Christian worship but also the complexity of traditions as they continue to develop today."

Gerardo Martí, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, Davidson College; author of Worship across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation

"The second volume of this much-needed series is a lively historical read. It engages the reader in a manner that leads them to know many new things about the ways in which God works through his gathered assemblies and, by so doing, invites the reader to know even more about their ecclesial neighbors. As we receive the witness of those whom God has been shaping through the ages, we are given the gift to hear and see our Christian sisters and brothers, not in competition, or with disdainful theological critique, but as those who live within the splendor of our Lord's continual prayer that 'all may be one.' Historical Foundations of Worship will serve the whole oikumenē in the way that rocks in a tumbler bring out each other's radiance, so that in a unity of spirit, we will seek to join together in the psalmist's doxological imperative to 'worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.'"

Amy C. Schifrin, president emeritus, North American Lutheran Seminary

"This collection offers an admirable and engaging introduction for the student navigating a way into liturgical studies, and it is a comprehensive guide for anyone responsible for overseeing that journey. The contributors have brought scholarly depth as well as a lively sense of the practice of worship to their readers. They write with animation and understand the virtues of conciseness and reading lists that encourage further study rather than inducing dismay. It is particularly good to see chapters on the Anabaptist, Pentecostal, and evangelical traditions joining the 'mainstream' Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant families in one volume."

Bridget Nichols, lecturer in Anglicanism and liturgy, Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin

The Authors

  1. Melanie C. Ross

    Melanie C. Ross

    Melanie C. Ross (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of liturgical studies at Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Evangelical vs. Liturgical?...

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  2. Mark A. Lamport

    Mark A. Lamport

    Mark A. Lamport (PhD, Michigan State University) is professor of practical theology at graduate schools in the United States and Europe. He has coauthored or edited over a dozen books, including Nurturing Faith: A Practical Theology for Educating...

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