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A liturgia teológiai lehetőségei. A liturgia befolyásoltsága.
Liturgy in a Theological Context

Author(s): Csaba Tódor
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion, Systematic Theology
Published by: Erdélyi Unitárius Egyház
Keywords: faith; fundamentalism; globalization; immanence; individualization; liturgy; modernity; rite; ritual structure; theology; Hungarian Unitarian Church;

Summary/Abstract: This article explores ways in which faith influences our church’s liturgy in its contact with the broader spectrum of religious rites in an age of “religious disenchantment”. It is relevant even in the context of a conservative structure like the Hungarian Unitarian Church. In our technological society it appears increasingly important to develop a relevant concept of God, which is essential in interpreting religious rites. One of the reasons for this increasingly more obvious diffi culty is the transition from an exterior, naive, objective concept of the cosmos to an internal, sensual, and personal concept of God. Increasingly more claims are directed towards creating personalized liturgies, which feeds itself from the foundations of individualization. Concepts like modernity, immanence, and development need reinterpretation, even though they are right there for theological students’ fi rst course catalog as they are accepted into the curriculum for becoming ministers of this faith community. Since this transition between objective and subjective is not procedural, not linear, and mainly not homogeneous, gaps arise within the essential influence on liturgy which traditionally dealt with this transition. Yet concepts like globalization and fundamentalism, loaded with tension, become entangled with each other within the rite, and need to be acknowledged and interpreted. Th erefore, this article is merely an exploration. It contains neither grounded research, nor detailed analysis, both of which will be essential to the further study of ritual structure.

  • Issue Year: 124/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 390-403
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Hungarian