A Mighty Fortress?

Barry Stephenson

in Performing the Reformation

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732753
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777310 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

A Mighty Fortress?

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This chapter describes, interprets, and comments on the liturgy and performances conducted by the Lutherans during Wittenberg’s Luther festivals. The various branches of Lutheranism active in Wittenberg are described. The symbolic dimensions of Lutheran liturgy, processions, architecture, and celebration are interpreted, drawing on the thought of Victor Turner. Tensions between Lutheran groups are discussed.

Keywords: liturgy; Lutheran Church; festivity; aesthetics; symbols; embodiment; gender; confirmation; Thesenanschlag

Chapter.  15265 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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