Academic journal article Theological Studies

By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History

Academic journal article Theological Studies

By the Vision of Another World: Worship in American History

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BY THE VISION OF ANOTHER WORLD: WORSHIP IN AMERICAN HISTORY. Edited by James D. Bratt. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. viii + 213. $25.

Historian Bratt, along with a small but impressive roster of fellow historians and theologians he recruited, sets out to demonstrate the importance of liturgical practice for historical study of American life and the relevance of social and cultural history for practical theology and liturgy. The first section of the book contains seven diverse case studies that address a question posed in B.'s introduction: "how did worship, work, and worldview interact" (3) in the historical cases under investigation? While all the essays are strong, three are especially noteworthy. Harry S. Stout demonstrates how the Bible-centered worship of English Puritanism blossomed in New England into a social world where every aspect of life was justified or prohibited by biblical precedent. Paul Harvey's contribution describes the ironies of "progressive" Black Church leaders in the Jim Crow South who sought to balance social and intellectual respectability with the exuberant liturgical practices of African American Christians. …

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