This book examines the philosophical premises underlying the language used in liturgical prayers. Scholastic philosophy, the dominant philosophical perspective in the West, is no longer satisfactory for contemporary religious formulation. Phenomenological philosophy appears to be replacing scholastic philosophy in forming and understanding personal and communal religious beliefs. The Collects of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Eucharistic liturgies for Advent and Lent were examined, re-written and "field tested." The focus group, for field testing, was composed of individuals who formally engage in research into spirituality and religious experiences. A Phenomenological Understanding of Certain Liturgical Texts encourages further investigation into the growing use of phenomenology in liturgical understanding based on a discernible trend in this direction.
Allan M. Savage is Director of the Adult Faith Office, Diocese of Thunder Bay and Sessional Lecturer at the Faculty of Theology, University of Winnipeg.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Liturgical Understanding in Transition Chapter 4 Culture and Society: A Religious Phenomenological Unity Chapter 5 The Need for an Alternative Philosophical Perspective of Understanding the Collects Chapter 6 Dissatisfaction Gives Rise to an Alternative Understanding Chapter 7 A Phenomenological Alternative Chapter 8 A Phenomenological Understanding Chapter 9 A Phenomenological Structuring of Understanding Chapter 10 Phenomenological Understanding Chapter 11 From Theoretical Language to Participatory Language Chapter 12 Participatory Language as Activity Chapter 13 An Activity of Understanding Rather than an Act of Knowing Chapter 14 "Error" in Phenomenological Understanding Chapter 15 From Theoretical Interpretation to Continual Understanding Chapter 16 The Collects Chapter 17 Appendix I- The Collects: Anglican (Advent) Chapter 18 Appendix II- The Collects: Roman Catholic (Lent) Chapter 19 Endnotes Chapter 20 Glossary of Terms Chapter 21 Bibliography Chapter 22 Index Chapter 23 Index of Names Chapter 24 Further Reading Chapter 25 About the Author