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By Martin D. Stringer

The 2000 yr background of Christian worship is seen from a sociological viewpoint as Martin Stringer develops the belief of discourse as a fashion of knowing worship's position inside many different social contexts. Stringer presents a huge survey of adjustments over 2000 years of the Christian church, including a sequence of case reviews that spotlight specific parts of the worship, or particular theoretical functions. delivering a contribution to the continuing debate that breaks clear of a basically textual or theological learn, this e-book offers a better realizing of where of worship in its social and cultural context.

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42 It is also clear that I cannot mention every single text from the period that may be relevant. I therefore wish to focus on texts from two specific localities for the hundred or so years after Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. In doing this I wish to try to contextualise each text and to highlight what the texts themselves may be saying before I go on, in the following section, to try to reconstruct what we know more generally of the histories of worship in this period. 43 In each case they had seen how the dominant voices in each community had, by the early years of the second century, 40 41 42 43 Barton, ‘Communal Dimension’.

None of these words, when used by early Christian authors, can be treated in an entirely neutral way by contemporary commentators. When these commentators come to the texts, therefore, with particular ecclesial positions to defend, then it is easy to see how the use of such terms can be the starting point for a serious misreading of the evidence. Even without the burden of ecclesial presuppositions many of the specific actions or rituals that we encounter within the text, what we might call the ‘grammar’ of the worship, have a very familiar ring.

Lewiston: Edward Mellen Press, 1992, 1. For further details about Ignatius’ possible relationship with the church in Antioch see Trevett, Ignatius, 37–66 and Zetterholm, Antioch, 203–10. A. Roberts and J. ), The Apostolic Fathers. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1867, 65–78. 42 A Sociological History of Christian Worship In a number of his letters Ignatius makes references to the ‘eucharist’. 62 These references relate the eucharist directly to Ignatius’ ideas about the unity of the church as focused on the bishop (Phil.

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