Discourse in Ritual Studies (Empirical Studies in Theology) by Schilderman, J.B.A.M., Hans Schilderman

By Schilderman, J.B.A.M., Hans Schilderman

Discourse in Ritual reviews deals an creation into the learn of public worship from the viewpoint of formality studies.The contributing authors confront an action-oriented and empirical method of formality experiences with perennial and normative questions that symbolize the examine of liturgy.

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What value do I derive from participating in a liturgical practice? Do I Ànd participation dull or exciting? Do I expect it to be a casual activity or one of great signiÀcance to my life? The second factor in explaining behaviour is norms. How do I know what other agents expect me to do? Do I believe that they expect me to participate in liturgy, and if so, how? And do I want to comply with that norm? Finally, an explanation of behaviour includes some assessment of behaviour control. Will I actually be able to participate in liturgical services at a given moment and will it both satisfy my inclinations and accord with the norms of my environment?

Each of these dimensions is a necessary but not a sufÀcient condition to deÀne liturgical practice. What justiÀes the choice of belonging, believing and ritualising as dimensions of a deÀnition? One basic argument is that the phenomenon of liturgy is found only in religions. The deÀnition of liturgy has to take its religious nature into account. One of the classical authors who devoted his career to the study of ritual aspects of religion is Durkheim. 8 Durkheim’s deÀnition of religion mentions 8 ‘Une religion est un système solidaire de croyances et de pratiques relatives à des choses sacrées, liturgical studies from a ritual studies perspective 23 three concepts: beliefs, practices and community.

Ideal types are logical schemes to obtain conceptual clarity by comparing these schemes with the diverse empirical phenomena with which the scholars are embroiled. This method prevents them from identifying their personal values with those of their academic study object. liturgical studies from a ritual studies perspective 19 Weber’s proposal for clarifying the practical nature of a discipline deserves renewed attention. Practical theologians engage in practical reasoning that requires a focus on the means, ends, acts and norms of practices.

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