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Nature, Culture and Liturgy. Translation of Het vormenspel der liturgie
Unique of its kind, this small philosophical book articulates a wide-ranging vision of the analogical relationships between the created forms of nature, the man-made forms of culture, and the forms used in religious ritual. Setting out from a precise definition of Christian worship, the author explores the genesis of ritual form. Born out of the need to complement the world of natural forms, cultural forms serve the complete human existence that is both physical, intellectual and social. Freed from any such purpose, cultural forms are condensed to their very essence and thus enabled to serve as liturgical signs. A final analogy transcends all visible forms, ushering the reading into an all-encompassing spiritual and mystical realm.

Previous books by Hans van der Laan:
* ISBN 90 04 07618 2, Het vormenspel der liturgie (Dutch)
* ISBN 90 04 10838 6, Architectonische Ruimte (Dutch)
* ISBN 90 04 06943 7, Architectonic Space
* ISBN 90 04 09639 6, Der architectonische Raum (German)
* ISBN 90 04 09020 7, L'espace architectonique (French)
Volume 2 of the award-winning reference work on Christianity.
The multiple award-winning Encyclopedia of Christianity (EC), copublished by Brill and Eerdmans, is a monumental five-volume work presenting the history and current state of the Christian faith in its rich spiritual and theological diversity around the world. The much-anticipated second volume of the EC contains more than 300 articles for alphabetical entries E–I. Written by leading scholars from around the world, the articles in Volume 2 range from discussions of early church history, ethics, and evil to entries on Holy Week, icons, and Christianity in Ireland.

The Encyclopedia of Christianity is also available online