Authentic Liturgy: Minds in Tune with Voices
Authentic Liturgy: Minds in Tune with Voices  -     By: Nathaniel Marx
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Title: Authentic Liturgy: Minds in Tune with Voices
By: Nathaniel Marx
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Liturgical Press Academic
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.375 (inches)
Weight: 2 pounds
ISBN: 0814684696
ISBN-13: 9780814684696
Stock No: WW684696

Publisher's Description

Authenticity is a value difficult to define but impossible to ignore in contemporary life. The desire for authentic experience pervades art, music, food, dating, marketing, and politics. Worship is no exception: Vatican documents, megachurch websites, pastors, and liturgy planners all make competing claims to offer the genuine article. But what makes liturgy authentic? What distinguishes real celebration from artificial spectacle, heartfelt prayer from empty ritualism, a living tradition from both stagnation and gimmickry? Can today’s Christians perform the liturgy so that it is not a mere performance but a sincere offering of their whole selves?
In this book, Nathaniel Marx argues that the defining characteristic of authentic liturgy is harmony. Authentic liturgy happens when the minds of participants are in tune with their voices. The call for worshipers to harmonize their inward and outward offerings of prayer is discernible in the Bible, in the history of Christian prayer, and in diverse efforts to invigorate communal worship today. Marx’s argument unfolds the meaning of this call to authentic worship through a provocative and wide-ranging study incorporating scriptural exegesis, liturgical history, anthropology of ritual, and philosophy of action. He argues that authenticity is not a modern buzzword but an ancient virtue essential to worshiping in a spirit of communion.

Author Bio

Nathaniel Marx is associate professor of sacramental and liturgical theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He holds a PhD in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in social sciences from the University of Chicago.

Editorial Reviews

"Marx revisits the complex issues of liturgical reform by applying a brilliant new hermeneutical key: authenticity. Everyone wants an authentic liturgy; everyone wants to do liturgy authentically. But what could that possibly mean? Marx tells us in this discriminating book by providing historical and theoretical background and arriving at an irenic conciliation."
David Fagerberg, University of Notre Dame
"There is little more delightful than discovering a book that prompts a new way of perceiving and exploring a realm of reality. Nathaniel Marx’s Authentic Liturgy is just such a book. As existentialist philosophers from Kierkegaard through Camus drew our attention to the importance of exploring the nature of existence as perceived by living, feeling, acting (and not merely thinking) human beings, so Marx calls us to move beyond evaluating liturgy in categories such as ’valid’ and ’licit’ to explore liturgical celebration in terms of its ’authenticity.’ Acknowledging that the concept of authenticity has been derided as a ’thin cover for narcissism and moral relativism,’ the author convincingly argues that ’authentic liturgical participation requires worshippers to cultivate and enact a duplex virtue … magnanimity and humility.’ Cultivating this dynamic virtue over time and through practice is the foundation for authentic liturgical celebration. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for all those who preach and preside, sing and serve—for all who enact liturgical worship under the guidance of the Holy Spirit."
Fr. Jan Michael Joncas, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

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