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How Can Phenomenology Address Classic Objections to Liturgy?

Pembroke College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 1DW, UK
Academic Editors: Christina M. Gschwandtner and Joseph Rivera
Religions 2021, 12(4), 236; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040236
Received: 20 January 2021 / Revised: 11 March 2021 / Accepted: 22 March 2021 / Published: 25 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phenomenology and Liturgical Practice)
Liturgical worship has at times been controversial within parts of the Christian tradition. This article uses phenomenology—especially the thought of Paul Ricœur, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Gabriel Marcel—to analyse, evaluate, and respond to five common objections to liturgy by those who reject it: (1) the absence of freedom and spontaneity, (2) the absence of authenticity, (3) the use of symbols to mediate the divine, (4) the use of the liturgical calendar, and (5) liturgy’s repetitive nature. This article concludes that those who practice liturgy have something to learn from each objection, but that none of the objections invalidates liturgy. On the contrary, what phenomenology teaches us about the human condition suggests that liturgy is more suitable than forms of worship that try to do without it. View Full-Text
Keywords: liturgy; phenomenology; Paul Ricœur; Gabriel Marcel; Maurice Merleau-Ponty; authenticity; spontaneity; symbolism; liturgical calendar; repetition liturgy; phenomenology; Paul Ricœur; Gabriel Marcel; Maurice Merleau-Ponty; authenticity; spontaneity; symbolism; liturgical calendar; repetition
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Aspray, B. How Can Phenomenology Address Classic Objections to Liturgy? Religions 2021, 12, 236. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040236

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Aspray B. How Can Phenomenology Address Classic Objections to Liturgy? Religions. 2021; 12(4):236. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040236

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