Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant Reform in by Theodore M. Vial

By Theodore M. Vial

The 19th century was once a interval of extreme non secular clash throughout Europe, as humans faced the most important adjustments introduced through modernity. In Zurich, one section of this spiritual clash was once performed out in a fight over revisions to the ritual of baptism. In its research of the Zurich clash, Liturgy Wars deals a method for realizing the hyperlinks among theology, ritual, and socio-politics. Theodore M. Vial deals a brand new standpoint on modern ritual stories - and reviews the cognivist methods of Lawson and McCauley, in addition to Catherine Bell's research of energy and the physique - by means of reintergrating the imporatance of speech acts into concerns of formality.

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78 26 LITURGY WARS But that Scherr’s religious view of history must conflict with more conservative views is also clear. In a letter to a friend expressing his relationship to Christianity, Scherr sought to find the “rational kernel” within the shell. It is a shell the orthodox were unwilling to discard. As regards my feelings, I experience profoundly an inner religious need. I find the precepts for the satisfaction of the same in the Christian teaching. But there, to be sure, you must make a distinction: in that which is given to us as Christian revelation I find very much that is false, Jewish, superfluous— in short, a mixture of ingredients of human error and ignoble strivings.

68 The 1831 Constitution, in establishing a new School Board (Erziehungsrath), stated the goals and commitment of the liberal government: The supervision of all the Canton’s institutions of learning, the promotion of higher as well as popular education is to be provided by a School Board…. 69 Prior to the founding of a school board and school synod, education had been the responsibility of the church. In most villages lessons were taught either by the minister or by someone under the minister’s supervision.

T]he longing for a higher relationship to God and to eternity, for religion, that lies in human nature, forms…. 77 Although conservative groups in the Canton understood the turmoil surrounding the schools as a conflict between religion and anti-religion, it is better understood as a clash of religious pedagogies. At the center of Scherr’s system stands a fully developed, reasonable human. The methods and materials used to attain this fully developed result follow strict levels of epistemological development.

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