Enhancing the already-venerable series of three dozen or so Oxford Histories, this new addition typically exceeds expectations. The lead general editor, Geoffrey Wainwright, is one of the luminaries of the study of Christian worship; his Doxology: The Praise of God in Worship, Doctrine, and Life
has for three decades reminded the world of academic theology that worship is the primary source of our knowledge of God, and the proper end of all theological exposition. Wainwright is appropriately the author of the first chapter of this volume, 'Christian Worship: Scriptural Basis and Theological Frame,' as well as a later chapter, 'Ecumenical Convergences,' and the conclusion. He is joined in the succeeding thirty-three very substantive chapters (as broad as 'Western Christendom' and as specific as 'The Liturgical Movement and Catholic Ritual Revision') by such as Maxwell Johnson, John Baldovin, Christine Chaillot, Alexander Rentel, Nathan Mitchell, Bryan Spinks, John Rempel, the co-editor Karen Westerfield-Tucker, Ancscar Chupungco, James White, and many others. All the major confessions of Christian faith, Eastern and Western, early and contemporary and throughout the world, are given due attention; all aspects of worship -history, order, spatial and artistic setting -are examined; each chapter includes end-notes and bibliography, while the volume as a whole contains a biblical and general index, and is adorned with 240 illustrations and highlighted excerpts from original sources. You can consult this tome -- for a few minutes, or for a good portion of the rest of your life -- with profit. 916 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
The Oxford History of Christian Worship is a comprehensive and authoritative history of the origins and development of Christian worship to the present day. Backed by an international roster of experts as contributors, this new book will examine the liturgical traditions of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant, and Pentecostal traditions throughout history and across the world. With 240 photographs and 10 maps, the full geographical spread of Christianity is covered, including Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, East Asia, and the Pacific. Following contemporary trends in scholarship, it will cover social and cultural contexts, material culture and the arts.
Written to be accessible to the educated layperson, this unique and beautiful volume will also appeal to clergy and liturgists and more generally to students and scholars of the liturgy, Christian theology, church history, and world history.