Book: Ancient Christian Worship

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Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective

Andrew B. McGowan, president and dean of the Berkeley Divinity School and the J. L. Caldwell McFaddin and Rosine B. McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies and Pastoral Theology

(Baker Academic)

This introduction to the origins of Christian worship illuminates the importance of ancient Christian worship practices for contemporary Christianity.

Andrew McGowan examines how Christians came to worship in the distinctive forms still familiar today. He sets aside common misperceptions to explore the roots of Christian ritual practices — including the Eucharist, baptism, communal prayer, preaching, Scripture reading, and music — in their earliest recoverable settings.

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