This is a study of one of the most extraordinary religious phenomena of the last thirty years. The disappearance of the Tridentine Mass and the unrelenting assault on the Book of Common Prayer have created widespread hostility and a substantial loss of church membership.
An informed and well-researched survey of this diverse and burgeoning movement is timely and will be of considerable interest to church people throughout the world. The topic also has linguistic and sociological implications, and relevance to liturgiology, theology, Church history and literary criticism. Barry Spurr’s book provides this broad cultural analysis in a clear and illuminating account.
While it deals fairly with all views, the book is written from a conservative standpoint, and will undoubtedly be considered controversial in liberal circles. What is certain is that all sides will want to read it.
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. The Liturgical Movement
2. Conservative Reactions: The Roman Catholic Church
3. Conservative Reactions: The Anglican Communion
4. The Book of Common Prayer and English Literature
5. Feminism and Renewal
6. Church Music and Renewal
7. The Language of Liturgy
Appendix: The Satirical Critique
Endorsements and Reviews
… this book is a must. Members of all churches are deeply indebted to Dr Spurr for presenting such a vast amount of information and learning in one slim volume.
… a lively and informative book … undoubtedly well-researched … His thoughts on Feminism and Renewal are on the whole well-founded … His chapter on Church Music and Renewal is again well-founded .. well-informed and serious work … Spurr proves that most liturgical reform has been carried through with a deplorable lack of awareness of the resonances of language and the sensitivities of those who use it.
… a lively contribution to the debate on reform … an extended and well documented account … a well argued piece of writing … good, lively
… this is a book to inform, to challenge and to delight
Highly stimulating and enjoyable.
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