Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant Reform in Nineteenth-Century Zurich

1st Edition

Theodore M. Vial

Routledge
Published September 11, 2014
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9780415865050 - CAT# Y152863
Series: Religion in History, Society and Culture

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Summary

The nineteenth century was a period of intense religious conflict across Europe, as people confronted the major changes brought by modernity. In Zurich, one phase of this religious conflict was played out in a struggle over revisions to the ritual of baptism. In its analysis of the Zurich conflict, Liturgy Wars offers a strategy for understanding the links between theology, ritual, and socio-politics. Theodore M. Vial offers a new perspective on contemporary ritual studies - and critiques the cognivist approaches of Lawson and McCauley, as well as Catherine Bell's analysis of power and the body - by reintergrating the imporatance of speech acts into considerations of ritual.

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