A reprint of Evelyn Underhill's timeless study on the the nature and principles of worship and the main forms in which they find expression in Christianity. In the belief that religious experience is the starting point of theological reconstruction, the author analyses here the characteristics, principles and nature of how man relates to God. The way and degree in which ritual, symbol, sacrament and sacrifice become part of worship is also examined and, subsequently, its principles are illustrated, as embodied in the main types of cults.
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'Enterprising, extensive, a book that any so-called Christian would be the better and wiser for reading slowly and thoughtfully... A must read for all religious booksellers, for students, teachers and all professions interested in philosophy, psychology, ethics, theology, law and medicine.' Kirkus Reviews "A popular writer on Christian spirituality, Underhill (1875-1941) looks at the nature and principles of worship and the chief forms they take in Christianity. She has no liturgical training, she admits, and only seeks to explore the primary realities of people's relation to God that devotional action is intended to express. The first part considers various elements of worship, such as ritual and symbol, the principles of corporate worship, and the Holy Eucharist. The second part surveys worship in the various denominations and in Jewish traditions and early Christianity." Book News Inc., Reference - Research Book News - October 2011 'A reprint of Evelyn Underhill's timeless study on the nature and principles of worship, and the main forms in which they find expression in Christianity. In the belief that religious experience is the starting point of theological reconstruction, the author analyses the characteristics, principles and nature of how man relates to God. The way and degree in which ritual, symbol, sacrament and sacrifice become part of worship is also examined and, subsequently, its principles are illustrated, as embodied in the varieties of Judaeo-Christian faith.' Henk Rutten in 'Studies in Spirituality', volume 20.
About Evelyn Underhill
Evelyn Underhill was a prolific author well known for her works on Christian mysticism and religious practice. Her writings were greatly influenced by her spiritual mentor, Baron Friedrich von Hugel, the philosophers Rudolf Eucken and Henri Bergson, and the mystics Ruysbroeck and Rabindranath Tagore. Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was the best-known writer of her generation on Mysticism. Her work has continued to inspire readers since her death.
Table of Contents
General Introduction. Preface. Part I: The Nature of Worship; Ritual and Symbol; Sacrament and Sacrifice; The Characters of Christian Worship; The Principles of Corporate Worship; Liturgical Elements in Worship; The Holy Eucharist: Its Nature; The Holy Eucharist: Its Significance; The Principles of Personal Worship; Part II: Jewish Worship; The Beginnings of Christian Worship; Catholic Worship: Western and Eastern; Worship in the Reformed Churches; Free Church Worship; The Anglican Tradition; Conlusion.
Worship by Evelyn Underhill
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