Losing the Sacred: Ritual, Modernity and Liturgical Reform

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9780567087584: Losing the Sacred: Ritual, Modernity and Liturgical Reform

This book argues that the liturgical reforms initiated by the second Vatican Council may have seriously undermined contemporary Roman Catholic worship. Drawing on important work by Durkheim, Bauman, Foucault, Turner, Duffy, Flanagan and Pickstock, David Torevell focuses on the most crucial element of Catholic worship - the experience of the sacred - and examines how it has been eroded since pre-modern times, largely due to the marginalisation of ritual expression, and its consequences. A devastating critique of the loss of the sacred in worship, this striking interdisciplinary study is a call for revitalisation of Roman Catholic liturgy through a 'reform of the reform' and the reclamation of the importance of the body in ritual expression.

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Dr David Torevell is Senior Lecturer in Theology, Liverpool Hope University College.

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'David Torevell has provided a welcome contribution to the growing literature on contemporary liturgy. He has been able to draw on an impressive knowledge of a wide range of disciplines, sociology,
liturgical history, theology and the recent debates and discussion on the nature of modernism and postmodernism to provide an important and ground breaking critique of the Roman Catholic liturgical revisions. This work represents the best kind of interdisciplinary study of liturgy which is essential if the subject is to progress. The book will be an important reference point for many courses and essential reading for all those interested in the practice of religion in contemporary society.'
Dr Martin Stringer, University of Birmingham
'A well-written interdisciplinary study. . . A real breakthrough in the understanding of liturgy.'
Dr Kieran Flanagan, University of Bristol

"Deserves serious attention and could provide the basis for an extended and thorough debate, not only about liturgy and ritual, but about the future of Catholic Christianity itself. It is clear, measured, well sign-posted and scholarly, and the overall argument is both strongly defended and coherently constructed. Torevell draws on the social sciences and cultural studies, as well as on theology, philosophy and religious studies, in offering a critical review of the effect of post-Vatican II liturgical reforms, indicating along the way some false moves he believes have been taken...Torevell's study presents some very important challenges to contemporary Catholics, and indeed to other Christians. Those who wish to appreciate their own liturgical traditions and to benefit from rituals that seek to attend to the divine as well as to the human can find much to ponder on here."—The Heythrop Journal 42.2 (April 2001)

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