Sacred Games

A History of Christian Worship
Author(s): 
Lang, Bernhard
ISBN: 
0300069324
Date published: 
January 1997
Paperback
Price: 
£30.00
Pages: 
448

This pioneering book argues that the essential meaning of Christian ritual is embodied in six elements - praise, prayer, sermon, sacrifice, sacrament and spiritual ecstasy - all of which have their roots in ancient, pre-Christian ritual life. Each has its own constituents, dynamics, meaning and distinct story. Accordingly, the book is divided into six interpretative sections which, using sources in French, German and English and contrasting past experience with the present, European with American and Catholic with Protestant, explain the meanings of each. Lang uncovers their ancient biblical roots, and follows their course through history with special emphasis on biblical, historic and contemporary forms.