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Evangelical versus Liturgical?: Defying a Dichotomy

(Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies)

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Why is there such a deep divide between evangelical and liturgical churches, especially when it comes to worship? How did this unfortunate evangelical-liturgical dichotomy develop, and what can be done about it?

In this book Melanie Ross draws on historical analysis, systematic theology, and the worship life of two vibrant congregations to argue that the common ground share
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Paperback, 165 pages
Published July 2nd 2014 by Eerdmans
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Ben Crosby
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A smart, welcome book, arguing that liturgical scholars ought to make closer study evangelical worship, and that evangelicals ought to be open to insights from the "liturgical" churches and liturgists. The two case studies are particularly excellent (although, as Ross herself would doubtless agree, not necessarily representative) and the call for more local, granular explorations of and theologizing around decisions about worship is well-taken. However, I can't go as far as she wants me to in he ...more
Alex Stroshine
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is a welcome book on ecumenical worship. Melanie Ross seeks to bridge the divide between evangelical and liturgical churches (she aptly points out that Orthodox and Catholics can be "evangelical" and that all worship is "liturgical" in a sense). Ross traces the history of American Christian worship during the days of Edwards, Whitefield and Finney; this is the most fascinating part of the book as these revivalists lay the groundwork for a "pragmatic" method of evangelism (that, Ross notes, ...more
Jesse Slimak
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
A very good analysis of the supposed dichotomy between evangelical/free church worship and more liturgical worship. Her analysis and critique of the false suppositions that more traditional liturgists make toward more evangelical worship were spot on. However in seeking to bridge the gap she didn't lay out much of a blueprint. She has two sample evangelical churches that have vibrant worship, that ironically but not surprisingly, is very thoughtful, having a flow to it and being vey theologicall ...more
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