Foundations in Ritual Studies
The new field of ritual studies applies anthropological methodology to the study of religious actions. The first collection of its kind, Foundations in Ritual Studies offers students of Christian liturgy fresh insights from specialists in anthropology, religious studies, and Christian...
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The new field of ritual studies applies anthropological methodology to the study of religious actions. The first collection of its kind, Foundations in Ritual Studies offers students of Christian liturgy fresh insights from specialists in anthropology, religious studies, and Christian liturgy. The list of contributors includes Romano Guardini, Mark Seale, John Witvliet, Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, Nathan Mitchell, Ronald Grimes, Catherine Bell, Margaret Mary Kelleher, and Herbert Fingarette. This one-volume collection makes their landmark contributions available to professors, graduate students, theologians, and biblical scholars.
The study of liturgy used to mean studying what Christians did in the past and how worship traditions developed over the centuries. The focus was especially on liturgical texts. Now the spotlight is on liturgical actions - ?what people do in worship, how they do it, and what their actions mean. And a comparative dimension is added: no longer looking only at the Christian past, scholars now look at the global present and compare what Christians say and do in worship with analogous actions in various religious and cultural settings. New perspectives require new methods. Enter ritual studies, a discipline built on methods and insights developed by anthropologists. "Foundations in Ritual Studies" offers an anthropological and theological approach to the study of Christian liturgy, providing key essays for an orientation to this fruitful new approach. Contributors Romano Guardini, Mark Searle, and John D. Witvliet on the application of ritual studies to Christian liturgies Mary Douglas and Victor Turner on the anthropological basis for ritual studies Nathan D. Mitchell, Ronald L. Grimes, and Catherine Bell on ritual Margaret Mary Kelleher on liturgical theology
Paul F. Bradshaw (Ph.D., Cambridge University; D.D., London University; D.D. honoris causa, Oxford University) is Professor of Liturgy and Director of the London Undergraduate Program. He has written or edited over twenty books and has contributed more than eighty articles or essays. His book, The Search for the Origins of Christian Liturgy, has become a standard textbook.
Other recent publications include: The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary (with Maxwell E. Johnson and L. Edward Phillip; Hermeneia Commentary Series; Minneapolis: Fortress Press); The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship (Louisville: Westminster Press); and Eucharistic Origins (New York: Oxford University Press).
Paul Bradshaw (PhD, University of London) is professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame and director of Notre Dame's London Centre. He is also a priest-vicar of Westminster Abbey and the author of The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship. John Melloh (PhD, St. Louis University) is director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgies at the University of Notre Dame.