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Earthing common worship: an ecotheological critique of the Common Worship texts of the Church of England

Clines, Jeremy Mark Sebastian (2011)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis undertakes an interdisciplinary analysis of new Church of England liturgies (Common Worship) from an ecotheological point of view: making use of reader response theory, literary analysis, a social scientific survey, liberation theology, environmental and political ethics and liturgical theology. Chapter 1 considers the theological, political and sociological influences on liturgical reform, which include, inculturation, the expression of ethics in the prayer of the Church, liberation theologies, technology, and agrarianism.

Chapter 2 considers methods of liturgical change and the scope for making creation visible in liturgy. Chapter 3 finds justification in reader response theory for determining ecotheological priorities for critiquing liturgy. Analysis of Common Worship texts occurs: in Chapter 4, using literary analysis; in Chapter 5 via social scientific survey of clergy using Common Worship; Chapter 6 looks in details at Collects and Post Communions and undertakes an ecotheological rewriting of 9 sample texts. Chapter 7 identifies lessons for liturgical revision in general and for eco-liturgical reform in particular, paying particular attention to the dissonant creation theologies unearthed in Common Worship, the necessity for future revisions, and the importance and implication of technological change for liturgical writers and commentators.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Stringer, Martin D.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
Keywords:Church of England, liturgy, liturgical, liturgies, Common Worship, ecology, eco-theology, ecotheology, eco-theological, ecotheological, reader response theory, literary analysis, social scientific survey, liberation theology, environmental theology, theo-political ethics, liturgical theology, liturgical reform, inculturation, prayer, technology and theology, theology and agrarianism, creation theologies, creation theology, prayer book, Book of Common Prayer, Anglican, Anglicanism, spirituality, metacommentary.
Subjects:BJ Ethics
BL Religion
BR Christianity
BT Doctrinal Theology
BX Christian Denominations
H Social Sciences (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:2838
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