Friday, October 31, 2008
The Heresy of Formlessness
A frequently prescribed (and proscribed) remedy for problems in the church is further tinkering with the liturgy. (I mean that in the broadest sense: liturgy meaning the liturgy proper, hymns, Bible translations, and church architecture, among many other factors). But a few are asking if the remedy might instead be a return to something that most of us can't imagine. The western idea of progress as an unalloyed good pervades our churches, and it's something most of us don't question. But this is a good review of a book that suggests otherwise.