Bryan D. Spinks

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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Writing in the 1960s, the Eastern Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann stated, ‘the problem of the relationship between worship and theology is on the theological agenda of our time’. Some forty years on and at the beginning of the new century, Schmemann's words still hold good. Whatever else the church engages in – be it detailed biblical exegesis, dogmatic formulation, ethical discussion, exploring methods of spirituality – it is made visible in its greatest numbers when it assembles for worship. Worship summons the church and makes it visible. And it is in worship that theology is articulated as doxology. In an age that regards itself as postmodern, and very different from the 1960s and 1970s, it is likely that the western churches may well be in for another round of new liturgical forms. Clearly, worship is still on the theological agenda.

Keywords: liturgy; Alexander Schmemann; worship; theology; spirituality

Article.  7328 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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