Monday, March 10, 2008

Liturgy and theology

I've been rather busy this weekend, especially yesterday with my brother-in-law's confirmation into the Landeskirche. The Germans take conformation very seriously – an all day celebration. During the festivities I managed to start John E. Colwell's new book, The Rhythm of Doctrine. And I am really excited about this one, so far. Colwell speaks from my heart. He structures a systematic theology around the liturgical year, bringing theology back home to its doxological roots. If God is known in worship and prayer, why not speak theologically in light of the devotion of the church (he follows a version of the 'daily office': Celebrating Common Prayer)? I suspect many of my readers will love this book.


At 3/10/2008 11:12 AM, Anonymous steph said...

I suppose confirmation is conforming - especially when Germans do it. You don't do typos.

At 3/10/2008 11:14 AM, Anonymous Judy Redman said...

Do let us know what you think when you've finished.

At 3/11/2008 11:44 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Steph, I have less typos in my little finger than Wright has Wrong in his ... oh I'll shut up. The joke is old, now.

Judy, I will be sure to. A resounding "thumbs up" thus far.

At 3/12/2008 4:50 AM, Anonymous Stushie said...

In Scandinavia they also make confirmation an all day event, but it's more of a rite of passage and a time to give the young person money for college than an actual faith transforming event. I suspect with the increased secularism in Europe that you also found this to be the case in Germany?

BTW, I'm a Scot living in Tennessee, USA.

At 3/12/2008 9:37 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Stushie, you would be right - it is much the same down here for many.

I bet you miss scotland?!


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