Thursday, 7 August 2014

catholicity and covenant: "The sanctification of times": Hooker, liturgical ...

catholicity and covenant: "The sanctification of times": Hooker, liturgical ...:

'The debate between Cartwright and Hooker over the liturgical calendar was no mere matter of diverse ecclesial tastes.  It spoke of profoundly contrasting theological visions of human flourishing and of participation in the divine economy.  Profoundly contrasting social visions are also implied.  Cartwright's "liberty" orients us towards a society defined by economic activity.  Hooker's articulation of liturgical time orients us towards "religious joy" and its accompanying gift of rest.  In Cartwright we discern an incipient secularism, in Hooker the liturgical consummation of cultural and economic activity.  If Cartwright's six days for "liberty that they might labour" is a radical de-sacralising of time, Hooker's sacramental vision of liturgical time is a means by which we share in the cosmic liturgy'

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