Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Examine the biblical, historical and practical-theological roots of worship and liturgy and demonstrate the ability to integrate these perspectives.
- Describe and critically analyse the different functions of worship and liturgy in a post-modern context.
- Demonstrate an informed approach to a reflective worship practice that takes into account the various functions of worship both within and beyond a faith community.
- Articulate the core characteristics of contemporary worship practice in Baptist communities, whilst being sensitive to its roots in ecclesial and/or religious practices.
- Research and evaluate a specific worship practice and subject this minor research project to deepened theological reflection.
- Portfolio (2,000 words) (25%)
- Report (2,000 words) (25%)
- Essay (3,500 words) (50%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Bradshaw, P. The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy. Oxford: OUP, 2002.
- Cherry, C. The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.
- Chilton, B. Redeeming Time: The Wisdom of Ancient Jewish and Christian Festal calendars. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2002.
- Ellis, C. Gathering: A Spirituality and Theology of Worship in Free Church Tradition. London: SCM, 2004.
- Hughes, G. Worship as Meaning. A liturgical Theology for Late Modernity. Cambridge: CUP 2003.
- Hurtado, L. At the Origins of Christian Worship. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000.
- Maag, K & J.D. Witvliet, Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Change and Continuity in Religious Practice. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004.
- Rathe, A. Evangelicals, Worship and Participation: Taking a Twenty-First Century Reading. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014.
- Stringer, M. A Sociological History of Christian Worship. Cambridge: CUP, 2005.
- Wainwright, G. The Oxford History of Christian Worship: Oxford: OUP, 2005.