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Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics$
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Richard Harries and Stephen Platten

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.001.0001

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Niebuhr, Liturgy, and Public Theology

Niebuhr, Liturgy, and Public Theology

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(p.102) 7 Niebuhr, Liturgy, and Public Theology
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Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics
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Stephen Platten

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571833.003.0008

This chapter argues that it is a mistake to understand liturgy as being enacted in a place of withdrawal from society. Liturgy is a public event with a relationship to public life. If this is understood it ought to be possible to have a much more integral relationship between the kind of political theology represented by Niebuhr and liturgy as performative and transformational for society as a whole.

Keywords:   Reinhold Niebuhr, liturgy, political theology

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