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Worship as Meaning

Paperback|Sep 2003
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How, in this age of belief, can we make sense of the act of Christian worship? Convinced that people shape their meanings from the meanings available to them, Graham Hughes inquires into liturgical constructions of meaning within the larger context...


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How, in this age of belief, can we make sense of the act of Christian worship? Convinced that people shape their meanings from the meanings available to them, Graham Hughes inquires into liturgical constructions of meaning within the larger context of late twentieth-century meaning theory. Drawing particularly upon the work of Charles Peirce, Hughes employs semiotic theory to analyse the construction, transmission and apprehension of meaning within an actual worship service. This book will appeal to teachers and students of theology, to clergy and to informed lay Christians.
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How, in this Christian age of belief, can we draw sense from the ritual acts of Christians assembled in worship? Convinced that people shape their meanings from the meanings available to them, Graham Hughes inquires into liturgical constructions of meaning within the larger cultural context of late twentieth-century meaning theory. Major theories of meaning are examined in terms of their contribution or hindrance to this meaning making: analytic philosophy, phenomenology, structuralism and deconstruction. Drawing particularly upon the work of Charles Peirce, Hughes turns to semiotic theory to analyse the construction, transmission and apprehension of meaning within an actual worship service. Finally the book analyses the ways in which various worshipping styles of western Christianity undertake this meaning making. Taking account of late modern values and precepts, this ground-breaking book will appeal to teachers and students of theology, to clergy, and to thoughtful lay Christians.
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Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is Lecturer Emeritus in Liturgical Studies at United Theological College and Academic Associate at the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University, Sydney. He is the author of The Place of Prayer (1998), Beyond our Dreaming (1996), Leading in Prayer (1992) and Hebrews and Hermeneutics (CUP, 1981).

  • Introduction; Part I. The Making Of Meaning: 1. Meaning In Worship; 2. 'theory Of Meaning' At The End Of The Twentieth Century; 3. Dimensions Of A Theory Of Meaning For Worship; Part Ii. Signs Of Wonder: 4. The Liturgical Sign (i); 5. The Liturgical Sign (ii); 6. Sign Production, Sign Reception; 7. Liturgical Theology; 8. At The Edge Of The Known; Epilogue; Bibliography.

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