Alien Rites?: A Critical Examination of Contemporary English in Anglican Liturgies

1st Edition

Peter Nicholas Davies

Published November 20, 2017
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9780815387541 - CAT# K344318

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Peter Davies examines some of the issues arising from the recent introduction of contemporary English language into Anglican worship, especially in the authorised liturgy of England and New Zealand. Three key questions are addressed. Are there criteria for worship which are satisfactorily fulfilled by contemporary language? To what extent is the language used in modern liturgies truly contemporary, reflecting its social and cultural milieu? How has the introduction of contemporary language been received by regular Anglican worshippers? Based on a large body of evidence, the author reaches conclusions which are both reassuring and disturbing.

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