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Christian B. Miller, R. Michael Furr, Angela Knobel, and William Fleeson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204600.001.0001

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Liturgy and the Moral Life

Liturgy and the Moral Life

(p.572) 26 Liturgy and the Moral Life

Terence D. Cuneo

Oxford University Press

Chapter 26 focuses on liturgy. Prominent within the ancient Christian liturgies, such as the Eastern Orthodox liturgies, is the activity of reenacting various episodes depicted in the Gospels, such as the burial of Jesus. Asking how we should understand these reenactments and what they are for, the chapter is primarily devoted to answering the second of these questions, contending that a dominant aim of liturgical reenactment is to contribute to the construction of a narrative identity in its participants. Specifically, the chapter’s discussion is devoted to exploring the normative commitments that agents undertake when engaging in liturgical reenactment and how these commitments might contribute to the construction of narrative identities that, in turn, inform and sustain character traits of various kinds.

Keywords:   liturgy, identification, narrative identity, normative commitment, pretense, reenactment

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