Postcolonialism has greatly influenced biblical and theological criticism but has not yet entered the realm of church worship and practice. 'Christian Worship' brings the insights of postcolonial thinking to the rituals of religious life. The book critically analyses liturgical theology through the lens of postcolonialism and explores the challenges of appropriating postcolonial perspectives in Christian worship. Ranging from liturgical texts and song to Scripture, lectionaries, festivals and sacraments, this volume offers a fresh approach to liturgy that will be of interest to students of theology, seminarians and church practitioners.
Introduction: Context, conversation, critique PART ONE: POSTCOLONIAL OPTICS Chapter 1: On opting for an optic PART TWO: THE MIXED MEDIA OF LITURGY Chapter 2: Liturgical texts and symbolic contexts Chapter 3: Embodying theology in song PART THREE: THE WORD IN LITURGICAL CONTEXTS Chapter 4: Contrapuntal reading: scripture, lectionaries and alternative dynamics PART FOUR: TIME, SPACE, AND PERSONS Chapter 5: Time and space: The festival of lessons and carols Chapter 6: Images of baptism and ministry Concluding observations: rethinking tradition