The connection between Christian ethics and liturgy has been on the research agenda for some decades now. Liturgy and Ethics addresses this issue departing from the particularity of the Reformed tradition and its potential for contributing to the discussion. The volume offers in-depth studies of how to understand God’s acting in worship, the centrality of justice, and the formative meaning of the liturgy, and relates these reflections to various moral issues and contemporary liturgical practices. In combining a specific theological approach with a broad disciplinary treatment of the topics this volume aims to push forward the scholarly discussion on liturgy and ethics in significant ways.
Pieter H. Vos, PhD (2002) in theology, is Lecturer in Ethics at the Protestant Theological University (Amsterdam) and Director of the International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI). He has published on moral formation, virtue ethics, Reformed theology, and Kierkegaard.
List of Contributors Introduction Pieter Vos Part I. Liturgy as Ethics 1 What Makes Worship Good? Dirkie Smit 2 “God Waits for and Responds to Sincere Prayer and Responsible Actions” Liturgy and Ethics in Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gerard den Hertog 3 Catholic Reformed Ethics Bavinck’s Concept of Catholicity and Its Implications for Ethics Willem van Vlastuin 4 Theatricality of Liturgy and Its Relevance to Ethics Rehearsal, Performance, and Hypocrisy Jaeseung Cha Part II. Liturgy in Practices 5 Liturgy and Justice Nicholas Wolterstorff 6 Eucharist and the Ethics of Sacrifice and Self-Giving Offertory Exemplified Bernd Wannenwetsch 7 Weekly at the Lord’s Table Calvin’s Motives for a Frequent Celebration of the Holy Communion Herman Speelman 8 “Do This in Remembrance of Me” On the Lord’s Supper, Performative Memory, and the Christian Moral Life Robert Vosloo 9 Celebrating the Lord’s Supper as Act of Moral Formation A Qualitative Research Report Jasper Bosman and Hans Schaeffer Part III. Liturgy and Cultures 10 Cutting, Binding, and Re-membering A Covenantal Approach to Christian Liturgy and Ethics Hak Joon Lee 11 Celebrating God’s Works The Day of Worship and the Ethics of Work Pieter Vos 12 A Day to Remember A Community-Based Understanding of the Wedding Liturgy Almatine Leene 13 The Priestly Liturgy of Creation in the Book of Leviticus An Indonesian Contextual-Theological Consideration Emanuel Gerrit Singgih 14 Liturgical Formation and Practical Ecclesiology Reflections on the Quest of a Local Church Hans Schaeffer Index
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