Worship as Meaning: A Liturgical Theology for Late Modernity by Graham HughesWorship as Meaning: A Liturgical Theology for Late Modernity by Graham Hughes

Worship as Meaning: A Liturgical Theology for Late Modernity

byGraham Hughes

Hardcover | October 6, 2003

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How, in this age of belief, can we make sense of the act of Christian worship? Convinced that people shape their meanings from those available to them, Graham Hughes inquires into liturgical constructions of meaning, within the larger context of late twentieth-century meaning theory. Drawing particularly upon the work of Charles Peirce, Hughes employs semiotic theory to analyze the construction, transmission and apprehension of meaning within an actual worship service. This book will appeal to teachers and students of theology, clergy and informed lay Christians.
Title:Worship as Meaning: A Liturgical Theology for Late ModernityFormat:HardcoverPublished:October 6, 2003Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521828511

ISBN - 13:9780521828512

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Making of Meaning: 1. Meaning in worship; 2. 'Theory of Meaning' at the end of the twentieth century; 3. Dimensions of a theory of meaning for worship; Part II. Signs of Wonder: 4. The liturgical sign (i); 5. The liturgical sign (ii); 6. Sign production, sign reception; 7. Liturgical theology; 8. At the edge of the known; Epilogue; Bibliography.

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"Hughes has ably introduced a theological readership to the difficult world of Peircean semiotics and given it a strong glimpse of its extremely fruitful potential for liturgical theology. Moreover, he has in an exemplary fashion pressed his readers to identify, diagnose and find solutions to their distinctive challenges presently facing Christian worshipping communities in theri meaning-making strategies. Finally, we are in Hughes' debt for showing us, albeit in a fragmentary and partial fashion, how the practical bearings of a number of 'semiotic habits' of Christian life might re-orient and re-shape the Christian body twoard God, the world and one another in ways that prove faithful to its best own most possibilities." - Jim Fodor, Department of Theology