This three-volume work covers the history of the worship and theology of England. Describe and analyze the theology and worship of the major Christian denominations in England over the past four and a half centuries.
Asks whether the framework of canon law, notes and rubrics within which Common Worship operates is any longer fit for purpose. In a mixed economy Church in which fresh expressions of church, alt.worship and new monasticism all sit alongside traditional parish churches, this work asks whether it is time for the current rules-based approach to Church of England liturgy should make way for an approach based on trust and accountability. This would allow for more local flexibility and creativity, but raises big questions about how such worship can be truly indigenous yet authentically Anglican.
Examines the development of hymn-singing from a primarily private devotional practice in 1837 to a mainstay of public worship and a component of popular culture by 1900. Discusses the Victorian hymn from literary, theological, and cultural perspectives. In addition to tracing the importance of Victorian hymns in nineteenth-century novels and culture, investigates their significance in churches, their public popularity, and as forms of parody and as literary references. Speculates upon the political and sociological implications of Victorian hymnody.