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The Age of Revolutions  

Conrad L. Donakowski

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Jun 2018
A variety of economic, ideological, aesthetic, and nationalist forces shape Christian worship in its varied manifestations today. Historical perspectives and areas of knowledge which are ... More

The Anabaptist Tradition: Mennonites  

John D. Rempel

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Mar 2018
Anabaptism and its descendant movement, Mennonitism, came into being through the illegal baptism of believers upon confession of faith. Anabaptist worship was characterized by form and ... More

Baptist Worship in Britain  

Christopher J. Ellis

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May 2018
Baptists stand within the Free Church and Evangelical traditions. They baptize only those who profess personal faith, and they also give a high priority to evangelism. Although there is ... More

Christian Initiation  

Maxwell Johnson

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Mar 2015
“Christian initiation” refers to the ritual process employed by various churches in forming new Christian converts through catechesis (instruction) during the “catechumenate” to baptism, ... More

Christian Liturgical Music  

William T. Flynn

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Apr 2018
Music in its widest definition (sound and silence organized in time) is never absent from Christian worship. The diversity of styles and forms employed both chronologically and ... More

Christian Marriage and Funeral Services as Rites of Passage  

Ruth A. Meyers

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May 2016
Weddings and funerals mark major transitions in human life. In these rites of passage, which effect a transformation from one status to another, an individual is separated from one state ... More

The “Classic” Age of Christian Worship, 4th–6th Century  

John F. Baldovin

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May 2018
The 4th–6th centuries can be considered a classic period in the development of Christian worship. During this time many of the liturgical forms that are still recognizable today were ... More

The Development of the “Apostolic Tradition” in Early Christian Worship  

Maxwell E. Johnson

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Apr 2018
Contrary to the assumptions often held by previous scholars, contemporary liturgical scholarship is coming increasingly to realize and emphasize that Christian worship was diverse even in ... More

Early Christian Worship  

Paul F. Bradshaw

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Mar 2015
The forms of Christian worship changed and developed considerably during the first four centuries of its existence, not least from a distinctive local or regional diversity to an ... More

Liturgical Vestments, Vessels, and Objects in Christian Worship  

Joanne M. Pierce

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May 2018
Any history of Christian liturgy must address the origins and development of the various material elements that are used during these celebrations. These have their own specific history, ... More

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