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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
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 Strohschein
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
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
I must admit that I found this book rather disappointing for a few reasons:
1) despite its title, it functions more like an apologetic for Evangelical worship from "liturgical" critique than a desire to actually defy the dichotomy. A defense of the "liturgical" would have been helpful, unless her point was "Evangelical worship is Christian worship, too." I suspect that was closer to the heart of her project, though.
2) She didn't focus on how liturgy forms and shapes people. While the pastors and
Connor Brooks
Jul 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love the heart of the author. The life of following Jesus is oftentimes more gray than we want to acknowledge. I loved the goal of the author and her heart for meaningful discussion between two sides that are often painted in opposition to one another. Thank you for this book Melanie.
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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