What's the value of the liturgical calendar?

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  • Greg S Peters  

    • Associate Professor of Torrey Honors Institute
    • Director of Faculty Advancement, Torrey Honors Institute
  • Fred Sanders  

    • Associate Professor, Torrey Honors Institute

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    • Charles Twombly
    • about 1 month ago

    Continuation: The Wesley brothers understood the value of liturgical structure, something that largely got lost as Methodism in the new world dropped the theological richness of Methodism's founders in the face of a fast developing frontier that called for simplified procedures. No blame offered here but some sadness nonetheless. Thanks, Fred and Greg, for a super discussion.

    • Charles Twombly
    • about 1 month ago

    The liturgical calendar structures the Christian life in ways grounded in the historical experience of the church. Underlying it is an understanding of sanctification as a process of growth throughout one's life; hence, it doesn't always fly with evangelical pietism, especially those understandings which see "salvation" (both justification and sanctification) as points in time entailing sudden transformation. Christian growth is still acknowledged but tends to seen in terms of personal, private exertion for which "forms" are merely human devisements which are often more obstacles than helps. For those who seriously give themselves to ancient practices (and are not among those who mechanically follow "the church years"), the value of those practices can become richer and deeper over time. Protestant individualism might have a hard time grasping this.

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