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dc.contributor.advisorRae, Murray
dc.contributor.advisorRedding, Graham
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Sara Elizabeth
dc.date.available2021-06-08T20:39:49Z
dc.date.copyright2021
dc.identifier.citationEvans, S. E. (2021). Take off your shoes: How Christian liturgy forms the people of God (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/12001en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/12001
dc.description.abstractThis thesis offers a renewed vision of Christian liturgy situated in a sacramental ontology in order to address the possibility of liturgical formation. In it I bring together a variety of sources in an attempt to demonstrate that the Christian liturgy is an epistemologically valid and rich experience which forms the ecclesial community into the people of God. I first argue that the possibility for such formation through the liturgy is based in a sacramental ontology which conceives of the world as sharing in the divine life and reality of God. This requires a shift in our present cosmology so as to undergird the centrality and functionality of the liturgy. After sketching the contours of this cosmology and participatory ontology, I argue that when properly oriented towards worship of God in Christ, the liturgy offers the primary and most thoroughgoing opportunity for enriching our knowledge of God. This knowledge comes through both the mind and body, particularly through the embodied and material nature of the liturgy and correlated actions. Furthermore, the aesthetics, physical and material space, as well as the beauty of the liturgy are necessary considerations to understand God’s self-revelation and mediation through the liturgy. Together these contribute to moulding the people of God into one body through repeated actions which serve to shape our communal and individual imaginations. This formation transfigures our vision and enables us to see the world in and through Christ while also preparing us to engage in the eschatological beatific vision and share in the divine life. While the principles that I explore in this thesis will apply in general across a wide range of liturgical traditions, I will make many specific references to the liturgy of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, as followed in the particular church to which I belong.
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dc.subjectLiturgy
dc.subjectLiturgical
dc.subjectFormation
dc.subjectPolanyi
dc.subjectRitual
dc.subjectEucharist
dc.subjectSacramentalism
dc.subjectSacraments
dc.subjectBaptism
dc.subjectIncarnation
dc.subjectSacramental
dc.subjectMichael Polanyi
dc.subjectHans Boersma
dc.subjectSpiritual Formation
dc.subjectLiturgical Formation
dc.subjectTheological Aesthetics
dc.subjectImago Dei
dc.subjectParticipation
dc.subjectParticipatory Knowing
dc.subjectParticipatory Ontology
dc.subjectEmbodiment
dc.subjectEmbodied Knowledge
dc.subjectSacramental Ontology
dc.subjectBeatific Vision
dc.subjectLiturgy and Eschatology
dc.subjectLiturgical Eschatology
dc.subjectEmbodied Formation
dc.subjectMaterial Mediation
dc.subjectEucharistic Time
dc.subjectLiturgical Time
dc.subjectEucharistic Participation
dc.subjectOliver Davies
dc.titleTake off your shoes: How Christian liturgy forms the people of God
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2021-06-03T23:49:46Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineTheology
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
otago.openaccessOpen
otago.evidence.presentYes
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